China in Africa: Myth and Reality
Date: 21 May
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Bergen Resource Centre for International Development
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The case of the Chinese involvement in Mozambique's agriculture
The rapidly and accelerating Chinese engagement in Africa is surrounded by many myths. This is particularly evident in its role in Africa’s agriculture. This seminar will provide a case study from Mozambique. To what extent is China really involved in the Mozambican agricultural sector, and how pressing are China’s food security matters? What is the nature and underlying drivers of Chinese involvement in the Mozambican agricultural sector?
Sigrid Ekman has lived and worked in both Mozambique and China. She studied politics and economics at the University of Cape Town (2004-2007) and has a masters degree from Fudan University in China (2008-2010). The topic for her dissertation was on China’s role in Mozambique’s agriculture. In 2011-12 she worked as a research consultant for CIFOR – the Centre for International Forestry Research – on a project on China and the forestry sector in Mozambique. In June she will move to Beiijing to take up a new position at the UNDP country office.
Discussant: Aslak Orre, senior researcher, CMI
Moderator: Elling N. Tjønneland, senior researcher, CMI