Can we model China-Africa agricultural ties?

Authors: Victoria Breeze*, Michigan State University, Nathan Moore, Michigan State University
Topics: China, Africa, Agricultural Geography
Keywords: China-Africa, China, Africa, agriculture, land use, trade
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: 8228, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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The China-Africa agricultural relationship can be roughly summarized in three parts: aid, trade, and investment. Chinese agricultural aid to African countries is mostly formalized via the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Agricultural trade between China and African countries, particularly exports from Africa to China, are overshadowed by natural resource exports. Direct investments in agricultural projects are few and far between. Is there an overarching story to China-Africa agricultural connections or are the relationships spillover effects from other industries? This paper seeks to understand what, if any, predictability exists between Chinese involvement in African economies and changes to African agriculture.

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