China and Brazil in African Agriculture

Chinese, Brazilian and South African leadersThe question of how Brazil, China and other ‘rising powers’ may change African agricultural development is critical and timely.

The rising powers are growing sources of development finance and offer developing countries a combination of private investment, lending, trade and cooperation arrangements that is gradually challenging the rules of the game of the global aid architecture. Africa is a major destination of the rising powers’ diplomatic and economic ventures, and agriculture a leading topic for development cooperation activities across the continent.

Through our research, we are investigating the impacts of these changes on African agriculture.

Some of the questions for our research are:

  • What investments are China and Brazil making in agricultural production systems in Africa? What is their scale, nature (public and private) and focus?
  • What visions and models of development underpin Brazil and China cooperation programmes in agriculture?
  • How do China and Brazil’s visions and models compare with one another and with traditional donors’ approaches to development?
  • Is there evidence of emerging new paradigms for development cooperation and for agricultural development?
  • What are the implications for traditional donors and for pro-poor development in Africa?

Latest articles

China & Brazil in African Agriculture: Two New Working Papers
China & Brazil in African Agriculture: Two New Working Papers
October 17, 2016 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
Two new working papers published in November 2016 concluded our Working Paper Series on the China & Brazil in African Agriculture project. Beyond 'Family Farming Versus Agribusiness' Dualism: Unpacking the Complexity of Brazil's Agricultural Model examines the multifaceted relationship between

Working paper series: China and Brazil in African Agriculture
Working paper series: China and Brazil in African Agriculture
February 21, 2016 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
Our series presents research over the last 4 years on Chinese and Brazilian relationships with farmers, business, civil society and states in Africa. It looks at the implications for agricultural development in Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Status: The Working

World Development Special Issue: China and Brazil in African Agriculture
World Development Special Issue: China and Brazil in African Agriculture
February 18, 2016 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
Our China and Brazil in African Agriculture research has produced a special issue of the journal World Development, with 8 new open access articles available to download.  Through 16 different case studies, the project revealed a complex set of engagements,

Brazil and China in Africa Conference, Maputo, December 2015
December 15, 2015 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
The Mozambican Institute for Economic and Social Studies (IESE) hosted a conference titled 'Brazil and China in Africa' on December 7 in Maputo. The conference comprised a session on the 'Voice of China in Africa' and a session on the

China and Brazil in African agriculture: co-operation or culture clash?
China and Brazil in African agriculture: co-operation or culture clash?
May 6, 2015 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
This workshop on 15 June in Central London presented our research on impacts and implications of Brazilian and Chinese engagements in African agriculture on development and aid. With practitioners and academics, we debated how the so-called ‘Rising Powers’ are reshaping

2 new policy briefs on China & African agriculture
2 new policy briefs on China & African agriculture
December 18, 2014 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
The School of Advanced International Studies’ China Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS-CARI) has published two new policy briefs on Chinese agricultural engagement in Africa. The papers are written by Sérgio Chichava and Henry Tugendhat, members of our

Video: explaining our China & Brazil in African Agriculture project
April 30, 2014 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
In a new video, Henry Tugendhat explains our CBAA (China and Brazil in African Agriculture) project, and how it is investigating the emerging links between rising powers and the agricultural sector in Africa. Henry Tugendhat is a Research Officer for

Brazil and Africa: a special relationship?
Brazil and Africa: a special relationship?
September 9, 2013 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
Why is Brazil investing in African agriculture? In a new article for the Institute of Development Studies website, Lídia Cabral looks at the different motivations that exist at international level, and in the ‘encounters’ between businesses and development partners. Our

IDS Bulletin: China and Brazil in African Agriculture
IDS Bulletin: China and Brazil in African Agriculture
July 14, 2013 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
This IDS Bulletin brings together the first collection of empirical and review articles on how China and Brazil are engaging in African agriculture. It focuses on financial arrangements, practices and politics of engagement, the 'encounters' that occur during negotiations, and

The problem with profit
The problem with profit
March 27, 2013 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
In a new post on the blog From Poverty To Power, Henry Tugendhat examines DFID’s policy of working with private investors to invest in developing economies. What can the UK learn from Chinese and Brazilian experiences in Africa? As new