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Africa's structural transformation challenge and the role of agriculture: Is China a player? A review of Chinese initiatives in rural Africa

Anseeuw Ward, Gabas Jean-Jacques, Losch Bruno. 2015. Africa's structural transformation challenge and the role of agriculture: Is China a player? A review of Chinese initiatives in rural Africa. World Food Policy, 2 (1) : pp. 4-18.

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Abstract : The objective of this paper is to discuss Africa's structural transformation, its food and employment challenges, in light of renewed dynamics, more particularly China's involvement in the continent's agricultural sector. Data is scarce and often very contradictory, but what becomes evident is that China's role in agriculture in Africa, and particularly related to the land grab phenomenon, is not as significant as initially put to the fore. China promotes an uncertain “aid, business, and trade” model where the “business and trade” components seem to increasingly take the lead and which are often disconnected from the characteristics of the African context. As such, the paper, besides highlighting the lasting importance of the rural sector for food security and poverty alleviation in a context of Africa's limited economic diversification, it suggests possible stronger Chinese contribution to the policy debate through experience sharing and dialogue within Africa and at the global level. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Changement structurel, Agriculture, Emploi, Alimentation, investissement foncier, investissement étranger, Pauvreté, sécurité alimentaire, Zone rurale

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Chine, Afrique

Classification Agris : E14 - Development economics and policies
E13 - Investment, finance and credit
A01 - Agriculture - General aspects
S01 - Human nutrition - General aspects

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 5 (2014-2018) - Action publique pour le développement

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Anseeuw Ward, CIRAD-ES-UMR ART-DEV (ZAF)
  • Gabas Jean-Jacques, CIRAD-ES-UMR ART-DEV (FRA)
  • Losch Bruno, CIRAD-ES-UMR ART-DEV (FRA)

Source : Cirad-Agritrop (https://agritrop.cirad.fr/578296/)

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