Many African countries are increasingly interested in learning from China's experiences in achieving effective agricultural development. The Chinese government and academic community are also keen to share experiences and lessons with Africa. China made agriculture one of its development assistance priorities at the Third FOCAC Summit in Beijing in 2006.
This systematic comparative study of agricultural development in China and Africa provides a unique basis for African countries and international organizations seeking to understand agricultural development in China, and for China to understand agricultural development on the African continent. The book highlights experiences and lessons from China and, in particular, analyzes why Africa has not yet been able to emulate China's agricultural development trajectory. It compares the similarities and discrepancies in conditions, processes, and outcomes between China and Africa from the perspectives of investment, science and technology, policies and international development aid. Based on this it explores which experiences and lessons from China's agriculture development can be shared with African countries in order to contribute to the sustainable improvement and transformation of African agriculture. It does not claim that China has all of the answers, but while recognizing the diversity within both China and Africa, concludes that much can be gained from such a comparison.
"This book is an inspirational source of lessons from China’s agriculture for African policy makers. It provides a healthy balance between analytical rigour and policy relevance. It is an antidote for those skeptical about the relevance of China’s economic history for contemporary Africa." – Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, USA, and author of "The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa"
"This is a book which can open minds and inspire action. With sustained high level policy attention, applied science and technology and effective support systems on the ground, China's small farmers feed the world's largest population. With those same factors African small farmers could supply African consumers – the world's fastest developing food market – and in doing so, help integrate the rural and urban economies of Africa in a new economic dynamic spreading across the continent." – Richard Carey, Former OECD Director for Development Co-operation and Founding co-Chair of the China-OECD Development Assistance Committee Study Group
"This book reveals many valuable lessons for Africa from China’s success in feeding itself with one quarter of the land area per person that is available in Africa. It also recognises Africa’s agricultural advances and huge potential and sets the stage for continuing mutually beneficial exchanges of knowledge and experience within the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)." – Monty Jones, Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research for Africa (FARA), and Chair of Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR)
"This book examines development from a Chinese perspective and aims to aid the process in Africa." – Experimental Agriculture
1. Agricultural Development in China and Africa: An Overview 2. Agricultural Development in China and Africa in Historical Perspective 3. Comparison of Strategies and Policies for the Development of Agriculture in China and Africa 4. Comparison of Agricultural Production Conditions in China and Africa 5. Comparison of Agricultural Production Inputs in China and Africa 6. Comparison of Agricultural Technology Development in China and Africa 7. Comparison of Agricultural Production at the Household Level in China and Africa 8. Learning and External Support for Agricultural Development in China and Africa