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An overview of Chinese agricultural and rural engagement in Tanzania:


  • Bräutigam, Deborah
  • Tang, Xiaoyang


The recent expansion of Chinese economic engagement in Africa is often poorly documented and not well understood. This paper is the second in an IFPRI-sponsored effort to better understand Chinese engagement in Africa’s agricultural sector. A clearer picture of Chinese activities in agriculture is important as a foundation for Africans and their development partners to more fruitfully engage with an increasingly important actor. Chinese engagement in agriculture and rural development in Tanzania is long-standing. Changes in this engagement reflect the changes in China’s engagement in Africa more generally. This overview paper explores China’s engagement in historical perspective, focusing on foreign aid, other official engagement, and investment by Chinese firms between 1964 and 2011.

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  • Bräutigam, Deborah & Tang, Xiaoyang, 2012. "An overview of Chinese agricultural and rural engagement in Tanzania:," IFPRI discussion papers 1214, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  • Handle: RePEc:fpr:ifprid:1214

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    1. George Mgendi & Mao Shiping & Cheng Xiang, 2019. "A Review of Agricultural Technology Transfer in Africa: Lessons from Japan and China Case Projects in Tanzania and Kenya," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(23), pages 1-19, November.
    2. Cook, Seth & Lu, Jixia & Tugendhat, Henry & Alemu, Dawit, 2016. "Chinese Migrants in Africa: Facts and Fictions from the Agri-Food Sector in Ethiopia and Ghana," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 81(C), pages 61-70.

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    agricultural sector; Agricultural development; Rural development; research and development; Agribusiness; Agriculture; Foreign aid; Foreign investment;

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