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Chinese Agribusiness CSR in Africa
Xu Xiuli, Li Xiaoyun and Qi Gubo have just published a new paper on the Corporate Social Responsibility activities of Chinese agribusinesses. The paper argues that this should not be just a case of ‘gilding the lily’ of companies’ business activities, but rather, agribusinesses in Africa need to integrate sustainable practices into their business models according to local needs.
Read the paper (in Chinese)
Chinese training courses for African officials
A policy brief by Henry Tugendhat about ‘Chinese training courses for African Officials’ was published by the China Africa Research Initiative at SAIS. This looks at the scale and mechanisms of China’s programme that currently trains 10,000 African government officials per year. It draws on fieldwork on agricultural training courses as the lens through which to analyse this topic.
AGROMOZ’s ProSavana engagements
An article claims that Brazilian soybean agribusiness AGROMOZ has displaced more than 1000 people from their land in Lioma with improper compensation. This is said to cover an area of 1000 hectares under the broader ProSavana project. Presumably more news will follow on this soon. Joseph Hanlon and Teresa Smart also produced a piece on this field site in 2012 (PDF) that provides a good background.