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Title:Briefing: rumours and realities of Chinese agricultural engagement in Mozambique
Authors:Brautigam, DeborahISNI
Ekman, Sigrid-Marianella Stensrud
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society (ISSN 1468-2621)
Geographic terms:Mozambique
Subjects:foreign investments
agricultural development
development cooperation
Abstract:Beginning in 2008, multiple reports emerged stating that China and Mozambique had signed agreements in 2006 or 2007 to import tens of thousands of Chinese farmers into Mozambique to produce rice for China; that local outrage had scuttled these plans; but that the Chinese government had still pledged to invest 800 million US dollars to modernize Mozambique's rice sector to supply the Chinese market. Intrigued by these reports and their implications, the authors travelled to Mozambique, separately, in 2009, 2010, and 2012. Their field interviews and archival research turned up no evidence to support these three claims (and others). Although they did find a handful of Chinese agricultural aid activities and investments, these were far from a concerted effort by 'Beijing' to turn a passive Mozambique into a long-distance supplier of rice. What the authors found was a far different story: an assertive Mozambican government and private sector engaging with multiple Chinese actors to further Mozambique's own agricultural goals. That the conventional wisdom on Mozambique can be so far from reality calls into question the picture in other African countries as well. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]