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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?

China & Brazil in African Agriculture: Two New Working Papers

CFAORoberto FaiduttiTwo 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 agribusiness and family farming and looks at the different concepts associated with these terms.
Social Movements, Agrarian Change and the Contestation of ProSAVANA in Mozambique and Brazil examines one of Brazil’s international agricultural cooperation projects with Mozambique, and influences that have shaped the project.

The two papers make up the final addition to the 24 papers produced in the Working Paper Series, which presents research over the last 4 years on Chinese and Brazilian relationships with farmers, business, civil society and states in Africa. The CBAA project examined in detail how Brazil, China and other 'rising powers' are changing African agricultural development with case studies from Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

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CBAA Working Paper series 

 

Image Credit: FAO/Roberto Faidutti

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World Development Special Issue: China and Brazil in African Agriculture

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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, which contrast with existing patterns of western-led development and investment.

World Development
Open Access Special Issue Volume 81, 2016
Editors: Ian Scoones, Kojo Amanor, Arilson Favareto and Qi Gubo

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Working paper series: China and Brazil in African Agriculture

cbaavidOur 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 Paper Series closed in 2016.

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Brazil and China in Africa Conference, Maputo, December 2015

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 ProSAVANA programme in Mozambique, organised by the China and Brazil in African Agriculture (CBAA) project.

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