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Vol 38 No 9

Published 25th April 1997

South Africa

Keep trekking

Afrikaner farmers move north, funded by the EU and some mysterious benefactors

One hundred and sixty years after the 'Great Trek' of Afrikaners from the Western Cape into the interior, a smaller, more bizarre trek is under way. Under government sponsorship, Boers are moving north of the Limpopo to introduce large-scale farming. The launch pad is the Niassa province of Mozambique, devastated by almost 30 years of warfare, but potentially rich. This Afrikaner trek aims to create a 'food corridor' from Angola to Mozambique, with Afrikaner agribusiness investing heavily in commercial farming, food processing and ecotourism.

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