Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Will Africa feed China? - no

Professor Deborah Bräutigam, a leading expert on China in Africa, is the MacMillan Center's Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale Lecturer. She disputes the common beliefs that China is acquiring large swaths of land, exporting food from Africa, and exploiting communities.

She is the Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins University, and her teaching and research focus on international development strategies, governance, and foreign aid. She regularly advises international agencies and governments on China-Africa economic engagement. Professor Bräutigam is the author of The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa and Chinese Aid and African Development: Exporting Green Revolution. We talk with her about her new book, Will Africa Feed China? It focuses on the question of “land grabs,” food security, and Chinese agribusiness investment in Africa.

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