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Aid Sean Cairncross, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Photo by: Sean Cairncross
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US starts preparing new five-year ‘compact’ with Mozambique, despite past failures

The US Millennium Challenge Corporation is unlikely to start a major new grant programme in Mozambique until the end of 2022 or 2023, Sean Cairncross, MCC’s director told journalists during a conference call on Thursday.

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Agriculture
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Nyusi declares agriculture ‘national emergency’ in second term commitments

Filipe Nyusi has declared combating poverty through investing in agriculture a “national emergency” and pledged to devote 10% of the state budget to the sector, in a speech following his swearing in for a second term as President of Mozambique on Wednesday. Agriculture and industrialisation [...]

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Conservation
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Public consultation closes on Sasol’s controversial Bazaruto exploration plans 

Residents and environmental groups in Inhambane are challenging plans by South African energy company Sasol to start exploring for oil and gas near the Bazaruto archipelago. Groups have raised concerns that tourism, fishing and the marine life around the islands - which are an important [...]

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Agriculture
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‘No sugar mill will be closed in Mozambique’ – minister

The government of Mozambique is guaranteeing that sugar mills in Mafambisse and Xinavane will not be closed and no workers will be laid off, despite financial troubles for the mills’ majority shareholder, trade minister Ragendra de Sousa told

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Agriculture
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Yara threatens to pull Mozambique fertiliser project over domestic gas price

A fertiliser plant planned by Norway’s Yara using Rovuma Basin gas, “is no longer in a position to advance,” because the domestic gas price is too high, according to a senior official at Mozambique’s petroleum regulator, INP. Yara’s 1.2 million tonne per annum plant,
Agriculture
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Tongaat Hulett could now close both Mozambican sugar mills

The Xinavane sugar mill in southern Mozambique is under threat of closure following a decision by its majority owner, South Africa’s Tongaat Hulett, to walk away from its other Mozambican mill at Mafambisse in the centre of the country.

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