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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?

Working paper series: China and Brazil in African Agriculture

cbaavidA paper on the impacts of China's approach to overseas business expansion in Africa is the latest in a new series of 24 from our China & Brazil in African Agriculture project.

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.

As new papers are posted, the full collection will be archived on this page. To be notified as soon as each paper is published, sign up to our weekly CBAA e-newsletter.

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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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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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China and Brazil in African agriculture: co-operation or culture clash?

Lidia Cabral

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 today’s global aid and development architecture. Slides from the event are now available.

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