Summary of Will Africa Feed China?

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Will Africa Feed China? book summary
Does China plan to turn Africa into its national food source? China expert and scholar Deborah Brautigam went to both Africa and China to find out.


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More than 20% of the world’s population lives in China, which has only 9% of the world’s arable land and only 6% of its drinkable water. Africa has the world’s largest untapped expanses of land and water. China is economically active in Africa, and some onlookers think China plans to turn Africa into its national food source and condemn Africans to starvation. China expert Deborah Brautigam travelled to Africa and China to research the China-Africa agricultural nexus. She presents her comprehensive, contrarian findings along with 28 pages of detailed source notes, and what she says may surprise you. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends her conclusions to global food, agricultural, trade and economic-development experts, as well as to scholars studying Africa and China and to those curious about the economics of globalization.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Whether China is really seeking large agricultural land acquisitions in Africa,
  • How China invests in African land and farming, and
  • How China’s farms in Africa market their products.


A One-Sided View
In an August 2012 article, the African Development Bank’s chief economist called China the world’s most notorious “land grabber,” particularly in Africa. Hundreds of other articles and news stories have delivered a similar message: China pursues an ambitious program of...
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About the Author

Professor Deborah Brautigam is director of the International Development Program at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.

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