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"Feeding Frenzy': China, Africa, and the 'Great Land Grab'"

CIS Seminar Series

CIS welcome Deborah Brautigam from John Hopkins University.


What role does China play in the recent rush for land acquisition in Africa? Conventional wisdom suggests a large role for the Chinese government and its firms. Our research suggests the opposite. Land acquisitions by Chinese companies have so far been quite limited, and focused on production for African consumption. This talk traces the evolution of strategy and incentives for Chinese agricultural engagement in Africa, and examines more closely several of the more well-known cases, sorting out the myths and the realities.


Deborah Brautigam is currently Professor of International Development and Comparative Politics at John Hopkins University. She previously served as associate professor and director of the Economic and Political Development Program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, professor at American University's School of International Service, and visiting professor at the University of Bergen, Norway; was a resident fellow with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute and Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs fellow at the World Bank; has been a consultant to the African Development Bank, USAID, the U.K.'s Department for International Development, Norway's Norfund, the United Nations and Transparency International; Ph.D., international development, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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