Constructing Parallels: Agricultural Expertise in Mozambique from the Portuguese to ProSavana

Please join the Program in International Development and CU's Geography Department for a lecture by Wendy Wolford from Cornell University.  A light lunch will be provided. 

Wendy Wolford, Cornell University

Vice Provost for International Affairs Interim Director, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Professor of Global Development 

Abstract: In 2010, political leaders of three countries—Brazil, Japan, and Mozambique—announced an ambitious trilateral collaboration intended to re-make the Mozambican savannah. Political and business leaders hailed ProSavana as an innovative project that would apply Brazil’s success in agricultural modernization to one of the poorest countries in the world. Drawing on interviews with project personnel and agricultural research scientists in Mozambique as well as on archival material from the colonial period, I examine two different parallels: the first between Mozambique and Brazil, the second between colonial and post-colonial Mozambique.

Monday, April 22 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Institute of Behavioral Science, Meeting Room 155B
1440 15th Street, Boulder, CO 80309

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