China’s agricultural aid, trade and investments around the world are increasing. This trend is well documented, yet its nature and significance is hotly debated. Media reports cast China as a leader in the ‘global land grab’ and Chinese engagements with Africa have drawn particular, but often inaccurate, media criticism. This policy brief puts some of the ‘myths’ into perspective, considers the implications of Chinese agricultural engagements for OECD-style development work (especially work on food security), and argues that better understanding could help both Chinese and other development actors support more environmentally sustainable and equitable development outcomes; and
help national governments develop their own policies for Chinese involvement in agricultural development and food security.
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