Lionel Akollor


Organization: West African Development Bank
Location: Accra, Ghana
Year: 2012

MRP/Thesis abstract:

China’s Agricultural engagement in Africa: An Overview of Chinese Private Direct Investments in Ghana’s agricultural Sector and the implications for South-South Relations.

This research project is concerned with the changing nature of investments and development partnerships between China and Africa. Using Ghana’s agricultural sector as a site of analysis, the paper explores China’s agricultural engagement in Africa and how it affects African development. The objectives of this paper is to understand processes by which Chinese agricultural entrepreneurs have engaged in Ghana, what are the dynamics of their activities and what might be the implications for the ongoing debate. It is argued that African governments have leverage and agency in orienting and shaping China’s development interventions in the pursuit of national development agendas. Furthermore, it is suggested that private small scale enterprises are increasingly the drivers of China’s agricultural engagement in Ghana as a result of a fragmented authority or disjunction in the policy formulation and implementation of China’s Africa policy. The relative autonomy of these profit-driven individual enterprises has the potential of altering the nature of south-south cooperation between the two regions. Ultimately, the paper submits that despite its innovative approach to development cooperation, China has not revolutionized nor expanded the ideological space for development theory or practices but in fact continues to work within and reinforce a market-oriented development paradigm of which it has become a strong proponent.