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Research: Chinese Agricultural Investments in Africa

Chinese Agricultural
Investments in Africa

With funding from Smith Richardson Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CARI researchers have been exploring the myths and realities of China’s commercial agricultural investment in Africa.

CARI researchers’ fieldwork has covered Angola, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe so far (2011 to 2015).

This project has produced seven policy briefs (below) and a book, Will Africa Feed China? 

SAIS-CARI has published an updated database of Chinese agricultural investment in Africa with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

View the Data:

China’s Agricultural Investment in Africa »


Will Africa Feed China? by Deborah Brautigam, CARI Director

Policy Briefs:

  • Policy Brief 01/2014: The Political Ecology of Chinese Investment in Uganda: the Case of Hanhe Farm, Josh Maiyo.

  • Policy Brief 02/2014: Chinese Agricultural Investment in Mozambique: the Case of Wanbao Rice Farm, Sérgio Chichava.

  • Policy Brief 03/2014: Chinese Training Courses for African Officials: a “Win-Win” Engagement?, Henry Tugendhat.

  • Policy Brief 04/2015: Chinese Agricultural Engagement in Zambia: A Grassroots Analysis, Solange Guo Chatelard and Jessica M. Chu.

  • Policy Brief 05/2015: Chinese Agricultural Entrepreneurship in Africa: Case Studies in Ghana and Nigeria, Yang Jiao.

  • Policy Brief 06/2015: Assessing the Impact of Chinese Investment on Southeast Africa’s Cotton: Moving up the Value Chain?, Tang Xiaoyang.

  • Policy Brief 07/2015: Neither ‘Land Grab’ nor ‘Friendship Farm:’ Chinese Agricultural Engagement in Angola, Zhou Jinyan.