Published On: Tue, Aug 27th, 2013

Brazil and China scramble for agricultural turf in Africa

Brazil and China scramble for agricultural influence in Africa

Agriculture is central to Chinese and Brazilian development efforts – how trailblazing are their methods?

 Agricultural experts from China offer tips on rice planting to farmers in Dakar, Senegal. Photograph: Zheng Zheng/Xinhua


Agricultural experts from China offer tips on rice planting to farmers in Dakar, Senegal. Photograph: Zheng Zheng/Xinhua

China and Brazil have identified agriculture as central to their development efforts in Africa, confident in the belief that they can make valuable contributions based on their own agricultural success.

China trumpets its ability to feed 20% of the world’s population on roughly 10% of the world’s arable land, while Brazil can boast of agribusiness-led commercial production of soya bean and ethanol as well as its promotion of smaller-scale farming.

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The Guardian

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