Causes and consequences of chinese agricultural investments in Africa: from Baoding Villages to Land Acquisition

Author/s Davide Cirillo, Filippo Barbera
Publishing Year 2012 Issue 2012/128
Language Italian Pages 13 P. 122-134 File size 262 KB
DOI 10.3280/SL2012-128008
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Land has become a strategic asset for the growth of nations. The case of China is particularly telling in this respect. China needs abroad natural resources to support its economic growth and the co-called "chinese diaspora" is a strategy to face its demographic gender unbalance. Africa thus is a key partner for China’s "going global strategy". In this paper we analyze the so-called chinese land grabbing or land acquisition in Africa. We first describe the macro-level factor that push China towards african lands. We then analyze the case of the Baoding Villages and, finally, we consider the strategies of land grabbing and its consequences on african peasants and rural communities.

Keywords: Land grabbing, international migrations, rural issue, globalization

Davide Cirillo, Filippo Barbera, Cause e conseguenze degli investimenti agricoli cinesi in Africa: dai Villaggi Baoding all’acquisizione di terra in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 128/2012, pp 122-134, DOI: 10.3280/SL2012-128008