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 and Brazil in Africa: new papers
China and Brazil in Africa: new papers
March 11, 2013 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
A set of seven new working papers looks at how Brazil and China are changing agricultural development in Africa. The China and Brazil in African Agriculture (CBAA) project analyses new patterns of development co-operation in Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Global Brazil meets the new Africa
Global Brazil meets the new Africa
October 16, 2012 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
Lidia Cabral, FAC researcher, will be on the panel for this Canning House event in London on 18 October 2012. The panel will discuss the development of Brazil-Africa relations over the past decade, and what the future holds as Brazil

South-South Co-operation seminar findings
South-South Co-operation seminar findings
June 27, 2012 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
The findings of the seminar on South-South Co-operation in May 2012 are presented in an edition of Poverty in Focus, a regular publication of the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth. The edition, entitled The Role of South-South Cooperation in

Brazil, China and Africa: problems and alternatives
Brazil, China and Africa: problems and alternatives
June 1, 2012 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
Two new blog posts reflect on our recent seminar on cooperation between Brazil, China and Africa. Blessings Chinsinga writes about concerns about transplanting solutions from Brazil to Africa, and Qi Gubo considers the alternatives offered by an "adaptive cooperation" approach.

A new development paradigm? China and Brazil in African agriculture
A new development paradigm? China and Brazil in African agriculture
May 16, 2012 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
The growing visibility of the BRICS countries in international development cooperation has led to claims that they represent a challenge to the development paradigm, emphasising distinctive characteristics of horizontality, solidarity, mutual learning and partnership. Yet, beyond the political rhetoric, it

About our work on Brazil and China in Africa
May 2, 2012 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
The Future Agricultures Consortium is addressing the question of how the 'rising powers', including the BRICS countries, are changing agricultural development in Africa. Our research project China and Brazil in African Agriculture aims to document and critically analyse the experiences