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Why Agricultural Cooperation Needs To Be High on the Agenda at Next Year’s China-Africa Summit

In less than a year, the 8th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit will take place in Senegal. Ever since the first FOCAC Ministerial Conference held in Beijing in 2000, this triennial Summit has been gradually institutionalized as a platform for bilateral and multilateral dialogues to shape ...

Rise of Special Economic Zones in Africa: Can Agricultural Processing Be the Next SEZ Success Story?

By Sophia Kladaki and Jing Cai, Research Analysts at Development Reimagined “There is no one model of development” is one of the key principles, we, the team at Development Reimagined, try to champion when looking at key issues of economic growth ...

Potential China-Africa Collaboration on Climate-Resilient and Sustainable Agri-Food Systems

Agriculture and food systems are a concept that aims at breaking down silos between the agriculture value chain, health, nutrition, and environmental sustainability. Agri-food systems are essential in managing and preserving biodiversity, adapting to and tackling climate change, realizing sustainable food systems, and achieving the Sustainable Development ...

Chinese Tobacco Firm Helps Zimbabwe To Generate Much-Needed Foreign Income

In a single file, farm workers carry up to 25 kilogrammes of Virginia leaf tobacco on their shoulders.  Titus Gurupira (45), a farmer on a farm in Mvurwi, 100 km north of Harare, pleads with his workers to hurry with the picking ahead of the hectic marketing ...

Q&A: Can African-Sino Agri-Health Cooperation Champion Green Recovery?

For a moment it would seem that climate change has taken a backseat in the midst of a global pandemic, yet we are increasingly seeing the need to make linkages between COVID-19 response and climate action policies. What has been termed as “green recovery” refers to ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How Will Biden Shake Up Africa Relations? Let’s Watch

Tomorrow, the whole world’s eyes will be on the inauguration of Joe Biden. Stepping into a moment of unprecedented domestic crisis, he will probably have relatively little bandwidth for Africa. Indications are that the Biden administration plans to steer away from the Trump era’s unilateralism. While the incoming Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs hasn’t been confirmed yet, many State Department appointments have been filled by veterans from the Obama era. ...

Zambia Stands to Benefit From Rising Copper Prices Due to Heightened Chinese Demand

While Zambia tries to figure out how if/how it plans to restructure its $12 billion debt portfolio, government coffers stand to benefit from resurgent copper prices, a major source of export earnings. The price of copper recently ...

Q&A: Can Tanzania Resume and Reimagine Agricultural Trade With China in a Post-COVID-19 World?

With the COVID-19 crisis disrupting regional and global trade, the Development Reimagined team spoke with Mbelwa Kairuki, Tanzania's ambassador to China, to get his take on Sino-Tanzania trade and what he and his team are doing to try to respond. DEVELOPMENT ...

Will Africa’s First Free Trade Agreement With China Actually Help Africa?

Famed for its natural beauty, surrounded by nothing but the Indian Ocean, tiny in size yet densely populated, understanding how Mauritius managed to become the most developed, diversified, and competitive economy in Africa is worth exploring. Overall, Mauritius’s economic growth is ...

Fresh or Frozen: Should Kenya and China Renegotiate Their 2019 “Avocado Deal”?

Whether it is ordering a vegetarian wrap or having a healthy fruit and veggie smoothie, the most sought after ingredient I crave for is avocado! Today, be it Beijing or Shanghai, restaurant chains and smoothie bars, are now catering to their customers' healthy tastes, delivering on this ...

Chinese Agricultural Engagement in Africa in the Post C19-Era

China's importing a lot more African agricultural products these days. Zambian blueberries were recently approved to enter the China market, Namibian beef shipments started this year, Ghanaian cocoa is now traded through a new exchange in Hunan province and, after more ...
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