Thursday, June 20, 2013

Chinese Agricultural Project in Tanzania

Source: University of Witwatersrand journalism project
The University of Witwatersrand journalism project carried an article on 19 June 2013 titled "Ploughing Africa: The Story of a Chinese Sisal Farm in Tanzania" by China Business News reporter Chen Xiaochen.

It is a detailed investigation of a Chinese sisal farm in Tanzania run by China State Farm.

The story tries to answer the following questions:
  • What is Chinese agriculture doing in Africa?
  • What are the profits in African farming and what difficulties do farmers face?
  • How do the managers run a farm in Africa, manage local employees and resolve disputes?
  • Is the strategy of overseas land banking practical in reality?
  • Is the aim of farming to alleviate poverty, to make profit or be strategic?

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