Are China and Brazil transforming African agriculture?

Kolla bilderna! Just detta förbluffade oss när vi tog oss med buss till Moshi och Arusha för ett par år sedan. Vilka förändringar! Hela savannen var uppodlad! Folk talade om för oss att landet har mat till alla, och även till stora delar av Kenya./

Check out the pictures! Just that amazed us when we took us by bus to Moshi and Arusha a couple of years ago. What changes! The savannah was gone. Now cultivated farmland. People told us that the country has food for all, and also to large parts of Kenya.


China and Brazil are set to increase their influence in Africa, with the recently launched New Development Bank opening offices in Johannesburg this month and preparing to issue its first loans in April. New research on China and Brazil in African Agriculture published in acclaimed journal, World Development, reveals that the picture on the ground is far more complex and more contested than generic policy statements about South-South cooperation or win-win partnerships would have us believe.

Agriculture, which employs 65 percent of Africa’s labour force and accounts for 32 percent of gross domestic product, presents a major area of engagement for both China and Brazil with the continent. Additionally, both countries may claim to be particularly well positioned to help African countries develop their agriculture sector.

China offers win-win partnerships with unparalleled pragmatism that is much welcomed as an alternative to the increasingly obsolete aid industry. Brazil offers tropical technology…

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