11 February 2014: China and Brazil in African Agriculture – news roundup

The Environmental Costs of Zimbabwe’s Tobacco Boom

This blog by Ian Scoones looks at the environmental impacts of Zimbabwe’s recent tobacco boom. It looks at how the flue-cured drying method has led to a noticeable degree of deforestation in the country, and calls for greater environmental management and fuel switching.
(Think Africa Press)

Transformation in African Agriculture?

This blog post by Steve Wiggins looks at the recent growth of labour productivity in African agricultural sectors and the need for ongoing research into understanding what drives transformations within the sector. The argument is placed within a wider call for a focus on agriculture if countries really do want to move towards industrialisation in the medium to long term.
(Future Agricultures blog)

Land Grabbing, Agribusiness and the Peasantry in Brazil and Mozambique

This article by Elizabeth Alice Clements and Bernardo Mançano Fernandes looks at Mozambique’s ProSavana project in the context of Brazil’s development of the Cerrado region, and the links between these two projects.
(Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy)

Agriculture Innovation Marketplace final call for pre-proposals

Pre-proposals to the agricultural innovation marketplace for research projects concerning Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean need to be submitted by February 18th (2014). The thematic areas include: technology for higher-yields and climate change mitigation; natural resource management; support for markets or institutions; technologies for smallholder farming.

Why do we need ‘Myth-Busting’ in the study of Sino-African relations?

This new paper looks at why and how a literature of ‘myth-busting’ on China-Africa relations emerged in the first place. The focus is on Western states’ policy interests, and calls for a move away from Western viewpoints on the subject.
(Journal of Contemporary China)

India-Africa research ties

Last October (2013), a meeting between Indian and African officials, scientists and representatives from various parts of the agricultural sector took place to discuss possible collaborations. Research collaboration and knowledge sharing feature prominently, and other areas of cooperation include: “developing technological and professional competence; upgrading technology infrastructure; stimulating collaborative innovation and entrepreneurship; and providing an enabling science, technology and innovation environment.”

This news roundup has been collected on behalf of the China and Brazil in African Agriculture (CBAA) project.

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