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IDS Bulletin: 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 how discourses relate to practices on the ground.

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The problem with profit

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 research from the China and Brazil in African Agriculture project suggests, what is good for business may not benefit small farmers and poor people.

What can DFID learn from Chinese and Brazilian aid programmes?

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China and Brazil in Africa: new papers

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. It examines how Chinese and Brazilian understandings of agricultural development are translated in aid and investment projects.

The working papers look at the four countries in turn, and at the international, political and historical context of co-operation between countries in the global South.

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Brazil in Mozambique: miracle or mirage?

When it comes to agriculture, Mozambique’s story is largely one of unfulfilled promises, uneven performance and untapped potential. Will Brazil, the latest arrival in Mozambique’s crowded agricultural cooperation field, be able to turn the story around?

In this article, Lídia Cabral, Alex Shankland, Anna Locke and Jimena Duran address this question by considering what is currently Brazil’s most ambitious agricultural cooperation initiative in Africa – ProSavana, a programme aiming to replicate Brazil’s renowned ‘cerrado transformation’. With such an ambitious agenda, it is no wonder that the programme has recently become a hot topic in development circles and is quickly grabbing the attention of the press, academia and civil society.

Read the full article at GREAT Insights

Global Brazil meets the new Africa

Last week, Canning House, the London-based Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Council, hosted a panel discussion entitled “Global Brazil meets the new Africa”. Diplomats, business people, journalists and researchers gathered around the room to talk about present and past interactions across the South Atlantic and the prospects for fruitful engagement.

Read Lidia Cabral's comments on the event at the FAC blog

 

Global Brazil meets the new Africa

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 rises on the global stage.

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A Chinese farm in Africa

In a post on the IIED blog, Lila Buckley writes about the ways in which agricultural expertise from China is being shared in Africa, through the story of Chen, a 45-year old Chinese agronomist who dreams of owning a farm in Senegal.

Lila is a senior researcher at IIED (the International Institute for Environment and Development) and the China co-ordinator of our work on Brazil and China in Africa.

"Global media headlines would have us believe that these Chinese farmers are merely cogs in a neo-colonial machine driven by a Beijing masterplan to take over Africa. But from where Chen sits, Chinese farming in Africa is more about personal opportunity—something that most all of us desire—an opportunity to do something meaningful and feel valued."

Read Lila Buckley's full post on the IIED blog

Photo: Simon Lim

Building with BRICS?

European development agencies are increasingly facing competition in their work in Africa. The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are engaging in the continent's commodities, markets and policy processes as never before.

An article in the September 2012 issue of German journal Development and Co-operation reviews Western stances towards the BRICS, and includes a quote from a recent blog by FAC co-convenor Ian Scoones on China and Brazil in Zimbabwe.

The Future Agricultures Consortium has recently begun looking at the changing relationship between China and Brazil and Africa in the context of new ‘development cooperation’ relationships in Africa. This website will feature a series of working papers, policy briefs and other material generated from debates and discussions in Africa and beyond.

Image: Brazil in South Africa, from jenlen's photostream on Flickr (by-nc-nd)

South-South Co-operation seminar findings

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 Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural Development: Focus on Africa was released in time for the Rio+20 conference. It was launched by Dr Lindiwe Sibanda (FANRPAN) at an IPC/TERI side event in Rio on 19 June.

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Brazil, China and Africa: problems and alternatives

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.

Blessings Chinsinga, FAC:

What would it take to make Brazil-Africa cooperation work?

"The full extent of the Brazilian success story is yet to be told to the Africans who are keen to replicate it as soon as they can in their own countries. However, although the question of context with reference to politics, culture and society has not been fully addressed yet, it is a critical component of the Brazilian success story."

Qi Gubo, China Agricultural University Brazil, China and Africa: options for adaptive cooperation in agriculture

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Brazil & Africa: a happy marriage?

Lidia Cabral has written a blog post on Brazil-Africa co-operation, following the recent international seminar on South-South Co-operation:

"Brazil has much to offer in tropical agriculture science and technology, as well as first-hand experience on agriculture growth, smallholder farmer development and poverty reduction... Last week’s seminar was also a healthy warning about some of the myths and challenges underlying the glitter of the Brazil-Africa honeymoon."

Read the full post on our blog.

Blog: China and Brazil in Zimbabwe

Ian Scoones, FAC co-convenor, has written a blog post about Chinese and Brazilian projects in Zimbabwe, which also mentions the forthcoming Future Agricultures Consortium research into new ‘development cooperation’ relationships in Africa.

"A new way of doing development cooperation is in the offing, and the hegemony of the western powers will be offset, some argued.

Well maybe, but not yet. As Jonathan Glennie pointed out recently, the Gates Foundation, run by a few very rich US citizens, provides more aid than China. But it is of course not the volume of aid that matters, but what it does – and in particular how it is linked to other forms of investment. This is where aid – seen by some (mistakenly) as a pure form of giving – gets messy..."

Read Ian Scoones' full post on the Zimbabweland blog.

About our work on Brazil and China in Africa

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 of Brazil and China cooperation programmes in African agriculture, understand the novelty and value added of their approaches and discuss implications for the cooperation landscape and for the future of agricultural development.

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