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.

Presentation slides

View or download a selection of presentations from the event below.

China in African Agriculture – Henry Tugendhat

Brazil in Africa – Kojo Amanor

Brazil in African agriculture – Lídia Cabral

Working Papers

The event presented research which is written up in a series of working papers. You can download them and watch video of the authors via the link below.

Download the working papers


CBAA event participants

View a selection of photos from the event

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About the event

Africa is a major destination for diplomatic and economic ventures, and agriculture is a leading focus for development cooperation and investment activities by the ‘Rising Powers’ across the continent. At this event, we asked how these activities are shaped by domestic politics, foreign policy and commercial concerns. We also looked more deeply at what happens at the local level when co-operation projects and investments hit the ground in our four study countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

The event included researchers from the China and Brazil in African Agriculture (CBAA) study, a three-year research project funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) ‘Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures’ programme.


Seth Cook, International Institute for Environment and Development

Lila Buckley, International Institute for Environment and Development

Kojo Amanor, University of Ghana

Patrick Mulvany, Food Ethics Council

Laetitia Martinet, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

Yolande Wright, Department for International Development (DFID)

Lidia Cabral, Institute of Development Studies

Henry Tugendhat, Institute of Development Studies

Ian Scoones, Institute of Development Studies