2 September 2014: China and Brazil in African Agriculture – news roundup

Mugabe secures Chinese support

Seeking to find $4 billion worth of funding to reinvigorate the Zimbabwean economy, Mugabe went on an official state visit to China last week. It is unclear how much was agreed upon, but a 9 large-scale projects were committed to by Chinese companies and ministries, some backed by China’s EXIM Bank. Among others, this included deals on telecommunications, power generation and the establishment of a petro-chemical industrial park.

Second Brazil-Africa Forum looks at infrastructure & partnerships

The Brazil-Africa Institute hosted its second Brazil Africa Forum last week in Fortaleza, under the title: ‘Infrastructure, Partnerships and Development’.
(Forum Brazil-Africa)

Brazil-North Africa projects

Following the Brazil-Africa Forum, the Algerian company Cevital said it was looking to increase investments in Brazil and develop areas such as transportation and logistics for grains and cereals (from Brazil) in its own country. The Brazilian Agroindustrial Company also spoke about its ongoing agricultural project in Sudan where its planted area has increased from 7,300 hectares in 2011 to 11,000 hectares this year growing grains and cotton as well as supplying knowledge and technology.
(Brazil-Arab News Agency)

Increased illegal logging in Mozambique sold to China

China, with its rapidly urbanizing population, is the world’s biggest importer of wood products. In its dealings with Mozambique, it is increasingly buying timber that is illegally harvested, according to a new report (pdf) by the Environmental Investigation Agency.

Brazil and Gates Foundation work on biofortified foods in DRC

The Brazilian development corporation EMBRAPA has been carrying out a project in the Democratic Republic of Congo to teach local researchers to measure the amount of carotenoids in biofortified foods such as the yellow cassava and sweet potatoes.  The aim is to increase biofortification so as to overcome micronutrient deficiencies. The next stage of the course is estimated to cost $70-80,000 and so the article reports that project members “will turn to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for funding”.

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

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