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Agricultura “made in Brazil”
This article argues that Brazil’s agricultural technology model has been a success in Brazil and will be valuable for countries with similar environmental conditions. It focuses on the ProSavana project in Mozambique that embodies such technology transfers and critiques those civil society movements that contest their value.
(Vermelho Portal – in Portuguese)
South Africa wants to sell more agricultural produce to China
South Africa is preparing to plant and harvest 1million hectares of fallow land. As part of this they hope that they will be able to increase agricultural exports to China.
“In China, we have found a growing market for our agricultural produce. The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) has been instrumental in assisting producers in the wine industry with accessing marketing opportunities through international trade fairs in countries like China… We must however, challenge ourselves to translate export gains into opportunities for local economic development and job creation.”
(South African Government News Agency, via AllAfrica)
The developmental implications of Sino-African economic and political relations: A preliminary assessment for the case of Zambia
“This scoping study evaluates the nature, scope, and scale of Chinese trade and investment relations
in the primary sector of mineral-rich Zambia. It details how, despite diplomatic ties dating back to the liberation struggle of the 1960s, economic and political relations between the two countries matured only over the 2000s. This has focused primarily on the mining sector, with Chinese companies, many of which are state owned, investing heavily in mineral prospecting, copper mining and smelting, and associated (service) industries. With most investment activities targeting the mining sector, contrary to popular perception, China’s direct participation in other primary sectors, such as forestry and agriculture, is negligible.”