Author: Fantu Cheru, Renu Modi.
Cheru, Fantu and Modi, Renu. 2013. Agricultural development and food security in Africa : the impact of Chinese, Indian and Brazilian investments. Uppsala: Zed Books.
India, China and Brazil are striving to build their relationships with Africa
in a spirit of South–South cooperation. One significant dimension of this
engagement has been agriculture. The three countries have become an im
portant source of finance, technology and infrastructure, critical for boost
ing the productivity of African agriculture, thereby increasing domestic food
security and exports to world markets. Private enterprises and state
companies from the three emerging countries have started to invest in the
agricultural sector of many African countries, ranging from agricultural in
irrigation services to farming, food processing and distribution. For
China and India, however, concerns about their own domestic food security
have been the main driving force for their growing engagement with African
agriculture. With huge populations, growing urbanisation and a rising middle
class in both countries, demand for food is expected to outstrip the capacity
of local production due to diminishing arable land and serious water short
ages for irrigation.