Chinese Development Assistance and West African Agriculture : A Shifting Approach to Foreign Aid?
Summary, in English
As a developing country that reached an impressive economic growth in a relatively short period of time, China is becoming a model of economic development for many countries in the South. What is more, China’s successful political networking in the past puts it in a special position to disseminate some ideas and practices of development. Based on its own experience, tainted by pragmatism and focus on basic issues first, China has implemented through the past forty years a wide range of development projects in Africa. The many-sided results of these efforts have been widely ignored and underestimated by western academia.
Sub-Saharan Africa’s dependence on food import has grown rapidly since the mid 1980s. Simultaneously, the share of aid directed towards agricultural development has declined significantly. This has left millions of people at the mercy of international production and price fluctuations. Agriculture is still the dorsal spine of the West African economies and in spite of more than fifty years of foreign aid many of the targeted problems still seem to persist.
This dissertation evaluates the meaning and consequences of China’s efforts in West Africa through the empirical study of two agricultural projects that have survived for more than thirty years and became imbedded in local economies. The study, which uses a critical realist framework, seeks to understand not only the determinants behind China’s assistance to West Africa but above all its implications for local economies. The study argues that collaboration based on mutual benefit, long-term basis and local needs could represent a sound approach to foreign aid, in general, and agricultural assistance, in particular.
- Institutionen för kulturgeografi och ekonomisk geografi
Meddelande från Lunds universitets geografiska institution. Avhandlingar
Department of Social and Economic Geography, Lund University
- Human Geography
- China in Africa
- West African Agriculture
- Chinese Foreign Aid
- Agricultural Development
- Foreign Aid
- Magnus Jirström
- ISSN: 0346-6787
19 december 2007
Geocentrum I, Sölvegatan 10, Sal 111 (Världen)
- Jörgen Delman (Fil. Dr.)