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Data: Chinese Agricultural Investments in Africa

Chinese Agricultural
Investments in Africa 

1. Chinese Agricultural Investments in Africa Data Overview

Sustained interest in China’s role as an overseas agricultural investor in Africa has generated hundreds of newspaper articles and editorials, sensational statements and robust myths—but surprisingly little investigative reporting. CARI Director Deborah Brautigam’s 2015 book, Will Africa Feed China?explores the scale and scope of Chinese farming investments in Africa. Our ongoing research updates our data on these investments to 2016*.

  • Out of over 6 million hectares of alleged Chinese land acquisitions, CARI found that only 252,901 hectares of land have actually been acquired.

  • Cameroon alone accounts for 41% of all lands actually acquired: driven by two large purchases of existing rubber plantations (over 40,000 hectares each) in 2008 and 2010.

  • Chinese land acquisitions have slowed down in recent years.

*We only include projects reported to be 500 hectares or above.

2. Why CARI Data?

CARI’s list of Chinese agricultural investment deals were triangulated by a combination of fieldwork, interview, and desk studies. We now partner with the Land Matrix in helping them verify cases of Chinese agricultural investment in Africa.