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Hunan Province Approves a Raft of New Measures Aimed at Boosting Trade With Africa

Provincial lawmakers in the southern Chinese province of Hunan approved a set of new measures this week that are designed to boost the province's already sizable trade with Africa.  Members of the Standing Committee of the Thirteenth People's ...

Chinese Diplomats Push Back on Claim Beijing is Cutting Back on Financial Support For Africa

China's ambassador to Kenya, Zhou Pingjian, challenged assertions that Beijing is reducing its financial support for Africa. "I can assure you, the financial support from China to Africa will only increase. It will never reduce,” he told journalists at a press conference in Nairobi on Friday.

Why Food Security & Agriculture Issues Need to Be Atop the China-Africa Agenda

A growing number of people in Africa are facing acute shortages of food due in part to disruptions brought on by COVID, climate change, and, in some countries, conflict. Solving the problem today is not going to be easy given how ...

Africa’s Largest Bank Is Positioning Itself as a Turn-Key China-Africa Trade Agent

Standard Bank's Zambian unit wants farmers to know they're a one-stop-shop to import equipment and other agricultural materials from China. Stanbic Bank Zambia, more than almost any other major financial institution on the continent, is working to position ...

Can Ugandan Coffee Be the Next “Coffee Success” Story in China?

Like many Ugandans, coffee has always been a huge part of my life. My earliest memories are of helping my parents tend their small coffee garden in the rural village of Kishabya, Sheema district in south-western Uganda. Hilly with rich fertile soils and a tropical rainy season, ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Long Arc of Chinese Lending to Africa

The biggest headline from November’s FOCAC meeting was China’s pivot away from infrastructure funding. But like many FOCAC headlines, it needs several asterisks. In the first place, the pivot might actually be away from a particular infrastructure model (massive projects funded with large bilateral Chinese policy bank loans and built by Chinese state-owned enterprises) rather than from infrastructure-building itself.

The larger question is what China is pivoting to. Instead of ...

Malawi Farmers To Chinese Agricultural Advisors: “Yes We Need the Expertise, but Not All of It”

At one technical cooperation farm in Malawi the usual donor-recipient relationship was turned on its head when Chinese agricultural experts found something to learn from the farm’s management. A blank slate approach towards the project site can undervalue the efficiency of the project, as has been shown ...

What It Takes to Build a Successful Chinese Agricultural Partnership in Mozambique

It’s 9am in the morning and a message arrived on my WeChat: “The storm last night burnt down the water pump’s transformer again and now the local Water User Association came and asked for 18,000 Metical (around $278) for repairs. Furthermore, it’s difficult to collect the water ...

As Demand in China Falls, Vietnam’s Rice Exporters Encouraged to Look to Africa

Vietnam is the world's third-largest rice exporter behind India and Thailand. Until recently, China was the country's largest export market but trade disruptions and falling demand due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is prompting the Vietnamese to looking further afield for new markets... ...

Kenya Exports to China Surge in First Half of the Year, But Serious Trade Imbalance Persists

At first glance, the January-June trade figures between China and Kenya look promising. Kenyan exports increased by 74% during this period while imports fell by 16%. Officials on both sides are no doubt pleased the numbers are finally going in the right direction to help narrow the ...

Case Study: Chinese Agricultural Firm Uses Drones to Fight Pests in Zambia

China is playing an increasingly larger role in African agriculture. Chinese influence through business investment, training, value addition and capacity building is intensifying, and reshaping perceptions. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce is funding around twenty Agricultural Technology