Our team undertakes an interdisciplinary, collaborative study on connections and comparisons of port-driven coastal change in mangrove communities across Gujarat and Mozambique. At the nexus of land and sea, we examine sociocultural, ecological, and economic exchanges rooted in ancient Indian Ocean maritime connections that continue to shape emerging South-South relations of extraction. We focus on two interlinked ports: The Adani port in Gujarat, which has become a “model port” for India, and, moreover, for replicating along East Africa’s rising “Coal Coast. We consider the uneven, unequal, and deeply affective ways that coastal communities are enmeshed between the two coasts, beginning with intimate scales of fishing, cultivation, and livestock-rearing in mangrove ecologies on which they depend. We follow these linkages to macroscale trade partnerships and blueprints to remake Africa in India’s image. The mangrove, as our methodological and empirical anchor, pushes beyond totalizing ways of knowing these coasts.
Professor, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo
Researcher, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Phd Candidate, Yale University