Lichinga, Mozambique. March, 29th, 2017. Delinda, 25, at work on the family's plot of land. She has worked for Green Resources but left the company as she did not like working for them. She says “Working for the company [Green Resources] could be good money, but the targets were high, there was politics amongst the workers and I couldn’t last that long - I wanted my old way of life, so I came back [to Nconda village] to work with my family”. The family's home is situated right next to the GR plantations that been subjected to arson and vandalism.
Lichinga, Mozambique. March, 29th, 2017. Two of Nconda's grandchildren chasing a chicken on their farm. The family's home is situated right next to the GR plantations that been subjected to arson and vandalism.
Sanga, Mozambique. April 1st, 2017. A village in district Sanga, situated right next to Chikweti plantation (now owned by Green Resources).
Sanga, Mozambique. April 4th, 2017. Two boys from the village return with maize from the field.
Lichinga, Mozambique. March 29th, 2017. The Niassa landscape is characterized by extensive forest lands, maize crops and sunflower fields, sporadic rock formations, climbing to heights of over 1000 meters, and now rows of neatly planted pine and eucalyptus trees.
Sanga, Mozambique. April 4th, 2017. Sultan Licole's (régulo) wife is cleaning the porch of their home at Lincole farmers village.
Sanga, Mozambique. April 4th, 2017. Sultan Licole is the régulo (chief) of Licole farmers village. He got a three star rank awarded to him by the army. He now wears his oversized uniform at all times, loosely hanging over his skinny body. As chief he is the is the decision maker when negotiating with forestry companies looking to plant in the villages vicinity.
Lago, Mozambique. April 1st, 2017. Young men watch a local football match from elevated height at the principal town Metangula by Lake Malawi.
Sanga, Mozambique. April 1st, 2017. The plantation's technicians house. From here they watch out for arson and wild fires.
Lichinga, Mozambique. March, 29th, 2017. Green Resources plantations that have been subjected to arson and vandalism near Nconda village. The Green Resources signpost had been vandilized, its base hacked by a machete and the company’s logo torn and left in the mud.
Cuamba, Mozambique. March 26th, 2017. Farmer DIno Alberto and two boys from the village walking through Dino's own maize plot at Chelecoa village. There are accounts from farmers in Txepa that have been promised free seeds by western representatives of Niassa based companies visiting the village. Afterwards the same amount of seeds promised were sold on the local market.
Liconhile (Sanga), Mozambique. April 1st, 2017. Agostino, 45, is currently unemployed but had previously worked for Green Resources.
Cuamba, Mozambique. March 27th, 2017. Young men rest after their shift at a local scrap yard near Cuamba's market. More people pull towards the larger towns and cities to look for work.
Lichinga, Mozambique. March 30th, 2017. Two police officers walk across the main roundabout in the center of Lichinga.
Lago, Mozambique. March 29th, 2017. Unemployed men gather at a local bar to dance and get drunk on moonshine.
Naycuanga (Lago) , Mozambique. April 3rd, 2017. Alberto, 18, is one out of many young unemployed men in the region. If these young men are lucky the family will own a small plot of land where they can produce food for sustenance.
Lichinga, Mozambique. March 29th, 2017. Two teenage boys on a hill at the edge of Matemangue village. The village and one of the Green Resources plantations are divided by a river. Many of the young men in the village have been unemployed since their work contracts with the plantations have ended.
Cuamba, Mozambique. March 26th, 2017.
The wreckage of a tank in a field is a reminder of the civil war. After Mozambique gained independence from Portugal in 1975, a bitter civil war ensued, which lasted 15 years.
Naycuanga (Lago) , Mozambique. April 3rd, 2017. Two men play the traditional mancala board game 'Bao' at a farmers village in Lago district. The game is popular among the Swahili people in East Africa.
Liconhile (Sanga), Mozambique. April 1st, 2017. Bonifacio holds his son, Antonio, before he is leaving for work. Very few people are currently still employed by Green Resources; they guard the plantations and take care of maintenance. Many workers will travel by motorcycle to work as distances can be far and the place of work difficult to reach.
Liconhile (Sanga), Mozambique. April 1st, 2017. A solar panel powered radio in the courtyard of the régulo's (village chief) home. Most villages are not connected to a power network and rely on solar power and small generators for their electricity.
Lichinga, Mozambique. April 4th, 2017. A farmer stops for a moment and shelters from the rain under the large leaves from the surrounding sunflower plants near the village of Malika.
Naycuanga (Lago) , Mozambique. April 3rd, 2017. People value their privacy and therfor homes and courtyards are hidden from the eyes of outsiders by reed fences.
Cuamba, Mozambique. March 27th, 2017. Boys attending English class at an outside classroom of the Menegon seconday school in Cuamba.