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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?

Can China and Brazil help Africa feed itself?

Chinese and African people on a farmSouth-South linkages have long been a way for African countries to learn from, and share experiences with others on agricultural development.

Our latest CAADP policy brief summarises recent work on China and Brazil’s growing involvement in African agriculture.

The briefing draws on a Future Agricultures project which looks in detail at engagements between countries. It outlines cases from 4 countries and key points for policy makers.

 

Brazil and Africa: a special relationship?

rousseffzuma1Why 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 China and Brazil in African Agriculture project is looking in detail at these encounters, with a recent IDS Bulletin featuring the first phase of the research.

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The Guardian: agriculture is central to China and Brazil's development in Africa

CBAAnewsThe Guardian quotes our recent IDS Bulletin in an article on China and Brazil in African agriculture, alongside remarks made by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

In an article published 27 August 2013, Mark Tran writes: "China and Brazil have identified agriculture as central to their development efforts in Africa, confident in the belief that they can make valuable contributions based on their own agricultural success."

Read the full article here: Brazil and China scramble for agricultural influence in Africa

 

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