Potential and Limits to Diffusing Brazil’s Zero Hunger Strategy in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Mozambique
The Zero Hunger Strategy is one of Brazil’s most internationally recognized experiences and is not only regarded as a relevant model in the fight against hunger and poverty, but also as a tool to promote family farming. Both international and domestic forces have led to the intent of sharing instruments of this framework, especially the Food Acquisition Programme (PAA) and School Feeding Programme (PNAE), with Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This article aims to discuss the potential and challenges of sharing public policy instruments for family farming between Brazil and SSA countries, with a particular focus on Mozambique. Analyzing with data collected firsthand, the article aims to address questions on the concrete impacts of Brazil’s cooperation initiatives in SSA.
Mozambique is Brazil’s main partner in development cooperation, particularly considering rural sector and social protection. With data collected firsthand in Mozambique and Brazil2 as well as direct participation in the implementation of PAA Africa at FAO Mozambique3, the paper aims to analyze and address questions on the concrete impacts of Brazil’s cooperation initiatives for family farming in SSA with a particular focus on Mozambique. It discusses the potentials and challenges of sharing public policy instruments for the rural sector. It is argued that short term localized development projects favor a technical view of policy transfer and face political and institutional constraints, but that there is significant potential to share some Brazilian experiences in promoting family farming sector with Mozambique.