Brazil and China roles in African farming explained

By Justin Petrone China and Brazil’s activities in African agriculture go beyond “simplistic narratives of South-South collaboration”, which has implications for improving technology transfer, says a report. A special issue of World Development, out this month, details how the two countries’ investments are impacting the African economy. It revealed “a complex set of engagements, which …

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Why Cecil the lion offers lessons for land reform and the role of elites

Ian Scoones, University of Sussex The huge uproar generated by the shooting of Cecil the lion provides a fascinating lens into Zimbabwe’s new elite land politics and the relationship between humans and “wild” nature. The country’s extensive game ranches and conservancies were mostly subject to land reform in the early 2000s. Many of the former …

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What Greece can learn from Africa about the effects of austerity after a debt crisis

Ian Scoones, University of Sussex Some have asked what can Africa learn from Greece. I argue that Greece (and others) can learn a lot from the African experience. Debt is on the rise again not just in Greece, but across the world. A decline in commodity prices with a strengthening of the US dollar makes …

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