China in Africa

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news from the Nordic Africa Institute from the Nordic Africa Institute numBer 3 novemBer 2007

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china and Africa
Fantu Cheru

theme: AfricAn Agriculture Agriculture and the World Bank
Atakilte Beyene

Property rights
Kjell Havnevik

Tor A. Benjaminsen & Espen Sjaastad

inequality and climate change

contents to our reAders AfricAn Agriculture

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november 2007
Carin Norberg

African agriculture and the World Bank: development or impoverishment?
Atakilte Beyene

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Property rights formalisation in Africa
Tor A. Benjaminsen & Espen Sjaastad

the relationship between inequality and climate change
Kjell Havnevik

commentAries intervieW

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decoding the evolving china–Africa
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Secondly we provide a summary of ongoing work relating to the evaluation of academic results in African studies in the European countries. Finally there is a report from this year’s European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 2) in Leiden. ECAS 2 was a success in terms of numbers of scholars and also in terms of increased participation from Africa. Now we are looking forward

to ECAS 3 in Leipzig in 2009 and ECAS 4 in Uppsala 20. So, a final good-bye. Please continue to read our website, visit our library in Uppsala and read our publications. We will never be far away. ■

Carin Norberg, November 2007

Season’s Greetings from the Nordic Africa Institute


News from the Nordic Africa Institute 3/2007

Uppsala Bothanical Garden. Photo by Ernst-Heinrich Schiebe.

Theme: african agriculture

African agriculture and the World Bank: Development or impoverishment?
Summary by Atakilte Beyene, researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
African smallholder family farming, the backbone of the continental economy throughout the colonial and early post-colonial period, has been destabilized and eroded over the past thirty years. Despite the World Bank’s poverty alleviation concerns, agrarian livelihoods continue to unravel under the impact of economic liberalization and global value chains. Can African smallholders bounce back and compete? The World Development Report 2008 argues they can and


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