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Rising Powers role in agribusiness and South-South Cooperation through technological expertise.Also food and nutrition, the right to food, land reform issues, commodity prices and food production, trade and Foreign Direct Investment in agricultural productivity.

About rising powers, food and agriculture

This section looks at the role of the Rising Powers in food and agriculture ranging from food and nutritional security, the right to food, land reform issues, the relationship between commodity prices and food production, the role of trade and Foreign Direct Investment in agricultural productivity and food security and more. The Rising Powers are home to large, growing populations who need to be fed – accordingly, Brazil, China and India are amongst the top five global producers for maize, wheat and soy. Many of these countries have made significant advances in improving food and nutritional security, often resulting from civil society’s advocacy, which has an important role in promoting policies guaranteeing the right to food. Many Rising Powers are active in agribusiness, with Brazil in particular selling agricultural technologies, inputs and machinery as well as sharing technological expertise through South-South Cooperation with African countries. Brazil and China have also invested in technological change and agricultural research and together with India, agricultural spending and investment has increased overall.

Recommended reading

Rising powers, reforming challenges: negotiating agriculture in the WTO Doha Round from a Brazilian perspective
B. Baracuhy / Centre for Rising Powers, University of Cambridge 2011
This article examines the history of the WTO Doha Round agriculture negotiations from 2001 to 2011 in light of the shifting global balance of economic power. It shows that the rise of China, Brazil and India, among other developing co...

Latest Documents

India and Africa - collaboration for growth
KPMG 2016
The nature of India’s relationship with Africa is clearly evolving into a wider, deeper engagement that, while clearly in India’s advantage, also offers significant potential benefits to its African counterparts. This overvi...
Chinese and Brazilian agricultural models in Mozambique. The case of the Chinese Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centre and of the Brazilian ProALIMENTOS programme
S. Chichava; N.N. Fingermann / Future Agricultures Consortium 2015
China and Brazil have called increasing attention from the international community, especially in the field of development cooperation. In Africa, for instance, both countries have expanded their development activities and defined agr...
Chinese agricultural expertise support in Ethiopia: approaches, motives and perspectives
D. Alemu; S. Cook; Q. Gubo / Future Agricultures Consortium 2015
The Government of Ethiopia’s (GoE’s) economic growth strategy, Agriculture Development Led Industrialization (ADLI, formulated in 1991), places very high priority on accelerating agricultural growth and achieving food secu...
Zimbabwe-Brazil cooperation through the More Food Africa programme
L. Mukwereza / Future Agricultures Consortium 2015
The expanding footprint of BRICS countries in Africa, especially over the last 15 years, has remained a subject of intense public interest in academic, development and diplomatic circles. There is some understandable trepidation among...
Priests, technicians and traders? The discursive politics of Brazil’s agricultural cooperation in Mozambique
L. Cabral / Future Agricultures Consortium 2015
Questions such as whose interests drive Brazil into Africa, what development models are carried along and what is in them for African countries have been guiding research and debates about Brazil’s cooperation in Africa. This pa...
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