PB 14/34 - China, Africa, Agriculture and Labor Markets

Deborah Bräutigam​

Date of Publication: 
December 2014​

Abstract:  Chinese companies have been investing in agriculture in Africa since the mid-1980s. As China opened up to markets at home, Chinese companies in Africa were encouraged to seek new sources of income. Most had arrived in Africa to carry out foreign aid projects during the 1970s and 1980s, although some were sent by their parent companies to explore investment opportunities in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. These investment efforts have accelerated in recent years, although not nearly as far as is commonly believed.

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