Wednesday, September 17, 2014

China-Africa Agricultural Cooperation: Mutual Benefits or Self-Interest?

The Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University published in September 2014 a study titled "China-Africa Agricultural Co-operation: Mutual Benefits or Self-interest?" by Rex Ukaejiofo.

The author concluded that China's investment strategies in Africa are not completely self-serving as some critics argue.  China's engagement with African agriculture represents an opportunity for African states to gain some form of partnership for development, an alternative that promises mutual benefit.  The author adds that Africa must do better in leveraging Chinese engagement for maximum benefit.  The challenge is to develop new models for doing business with China, establishing ethical codes, and elevating practices that are rooted in a commitment to implement the demands that meet the needs of Africa. 

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