The Next Breadbasket By Joel K. Bourne Jr. Photographs by Robin Hammond For National Geographic

Why big corporations are grabbing up land in Africa

She never saw the big tractor coming. First it plowed up her banana trees. Then her corn. Then her beans, sweet potatoes, cassava. Within a few, dusty minutes the one-acre plot near Xai-Xai, Mozambique, which had fed Flora Chirime and her five children for years, was consumed by a Chinese corporation building a 50,000-acre farm, a green-and-brown checkerboard of fields covering a broad stretch of the Limpopo River Delta.

“No one even talked to me,” the 45-year-old Chirime says, her voice rising with anger. “Just one day I found the tractor in my field plowing up everything. No one who lost their machamba has been compensated!” Local civil society groups say thousands lost their land and livelihoods to the Wanbao Africa Agricultural Development Company—all with the blessing of the Mozambican government, which has a history of neglecting local farmers’ rights to land in favor of large investments. Those who managed to get jobs on the giant farm are working seven days a week with no overtime pay. A spokesman for Wanbao denied such allegations and stressed that it’s training local farmers to grow rice.

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Mozambican Beauty

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South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique are tearing down fences between the countries’ game parks to create a 13,500 square mile game park, which will become the largest conservation area in the world. It will be bigger than Switzerland, Belgium or Taiwan.


Mário Macilau / Photographer / Mozambique

Mário Macilau was born in 1984 in Maputo where he currently lives and works. In newly independent Mozambique. Macilau started his journey as photographer in 2003 and went professional when he traded his mother’s cell phone for his first camera in 2007, he specializes in long term projects that focus on living and environmental conditions over the time that affects the social isolated groups.  His work has been recognized with awards and featured regularly in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in his home country and abroad including: The Pan African group exhibition during the Biennale of African Photography in Bamako, Mali 2011, VI Chobi Mela Photo Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh 2011, Photo Spring in Beijing, China 2011, Lagos Photo in Lagos, Nigeria, 2011, BESphoto at CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, Portugal 2011 and Pinacoteca de Estado de São Paulo in Brazil, the KLM in  Kuala Lumpur,  Malasya ,  2012, The Johannesburg Art Fair 2013, Les Recontres Picha in Lubumbashi, RD Congo, 2013, The Biennale Arts Actuels in Saint Dinis, Reunion Island 2013, The African Art Auction in London, England,  2013  and among others. He has also completed a number of artistic residencies.


"Go in the crowd, and stick out when you’re wearing something."

A beautiful message on the new global trend of upcycling clothes. It’s all about looking good and feeling good about the origin or impact of your clothing. These two sisters from Mozambique explain it all.

Watch their journey through episodes filmed by TeenVogue here.



Woman and girl fishing near Chocas do Mar

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The power of civil society: A concrete Mozambican example

Women’s groups in Mozambique have won a huge battle to prevent some serious anti-women laws from being included in the country’s new penal code – their tenacity is a lesson to us all that ordinary citizens can make change happen.