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21 October - 17 November
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The elusive plantation: imagining development in Mozambique

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What’s on offer?

A panel discussion of the history and future of agricultural production and labour management in Mozambique.

What’s it about?

For over 100 years, plantations have been the imagined ideal for agricultural production and labour management in Mozambique. This talk will outline the colonial roots of this desire for the always-elusive plantation. It will argue that these roots show itself in contemporary Mozambique in a number of ways – for instance, the way the global market takes priority over local needs or the way agricultural researchers rely on short-term external funding motivated by international interests.

Speakers will draw on archives and field research with government officials, scientists, extension agents, aid workers and community members involved in an ambitious project called ProSavana intended to transform agricultural production in northern Mozambique.

Who’s leading the event?

  • Speaker: Professor Wendy Wolford, Robert A and Ruth E Polson Professor of Global Development at Cornell University
  • Discussant: Professor Catherine Boone, Professor of Comparative Politics at LSE
  • Chaired by Dr Kasia Paprocki, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE.

Event Booking details

This public event is free and open to all. This event will be a hybrid event, with an in-person audience and an online audience. 

For the in-person event: No ticket or pre-registration is required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQs:

For the online event: Registration for this event will open after 10am on Thursday 26 October.

For any queries email