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Opinion and comment from Future Agricultures researchers on agricultural politics, science and society in Africa.
15 April: China and Brazil in African agriculture - news roundup
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New articles on Chinese involvements in African agriculture
This month’s edition of GREAT insights magazine from the European Centre for Development Policy Management has a focus on China-Africa engagements, including several articles looking at agriculture in particular. This includes pieces by CBAA researchers, Kojo Amanor and Dawit Alemu.
Rising powers: new articles
Respect Labour Laws, Chinese Told
‘The Chinese Federation of Zimbabwe’ was recently launched to defend the business and social interests of Chinese migrants in the country. Local government minister Ignatius Chombo spoke on behalf of Joice Mujuru to praise relations between Zimbabwe and China but also advise the group that they should be careful to observe labour laws and professional standards.
The World Development Movement has launched a campaign in criticism of The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition that was set up by G8 countries in 2012. The campaign is largely aimed at the UK's role and claims that the programme will exacerbate poverty and inequality by prioritising multinational farms over African farmers.
(The Guardian, UK)
Brazilian Trilateral Cooperation in Mozambique
Natalia Fingermann has just published her dissertation looking at: ‘The Brazilian Trilateral Cooperation in Mozambique - A comparative case study: ProSAVANA and ProALIMENTOS’. This looks at the motivations and practices of Brazilian trilateral cooperation agents through her two case studies related to agricultural cooperation. The paper is available to download. (PDF link)
The Mozambique media and China
Sergio Chichava has just published a new piece on ‘The coverage of China in the Mozambican press’. The conference paper can be downloaded here, along with a number of others all along the theme of ‘The Voice of China in Africa’.
Conference papers (IESE)
China-UK Cooperation on African Trade and Investment
Jing Gu has embarked on a research project funded by DFID, to look at shifting trade and investment patterns between China and the UK in Africa. Case study countries will include Kenya and South Africa and there will be a focus on impacts on poverty. The team will be made up of 19 researchers, including collaborations with CAITEC, a think tank affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.
(Institute of Development Studies)
Conference in Ghana
A conference in Accra, Ghana on 15-17 January 2015 will have as its title “Asian Studies in Africa: the Challenges and Prospects of a New Axis of Intellectual Interaction”.
Visit http://www.a-asia.org/ or http://www.iias.nl/
New research programme on global governance of development cooperation
The Policy Research Centre for Development Cooperation in Belgium has just published three papers as part of its research programme running from 2012-2015. Two of these focus on agriculture and a fourth looking at healthcare is due to be published in late April. Links to the papers can be found here:
- Brazil, India, China and South Africa in Agriculture and Food Security in Malawi (pdf)
- Adding New Spices to Development Cooperation. Brazil, India, China and South Africa in Health, Agriculture and Food Security (pdf)
- Challenging Development Cooperation? A Literature Review of the Approaches of the Emerging Powers (pdf)
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