Academic Research Journal of
Agricultural Science and Research
Academic Research Journal of Agricultural Science and Research Vol. 2(5), pp. 76-87.
September, 2014. ISSN: 2360-7874 ©2014 Academic Research Journals
Full Length Research
UNDERSTANDING THE CHALLENGES OF CHINESE AGRICULTURAL INVESTMENTS IN AFRICA: AN INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS
Doctorate Graduate, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Tel number: 00243851252069.
Accepted 8 September 2014
In recent years, Chinese state-owned, private and family-based
enterprises have increased their investments in Africa’s agriculture
sector. Scholars have primarily sought to understand the motives of
these enterprises embarking to Africa. Nevertheless, few studies
have endeavoured to investigate the extent to which Chinese actors
are able to implement their motives on the ground. This paper aimed
to discuss the manner in which Chinese agricultural enterprises
operating in Mozambique and the DRC interact with institutional
contexts – the physical and legal environments that prevail on the
ground. Based on semi-structured interviews conducted in Mozambique
and the DRC in 2011, this paper held that Chinese agricultural
enterprises operating in these two countries have been affected by
local environments. While in some instances, they have been obliged
to abandon their investment projects, in others, they have adopted
specific business model or different line of business in order to
dodge obstacles associated with unfavourable environments.
Cite this article as:
Asanzi P (2014).
UNDERSTANDING THE CHALLENGES OF CHINESE AGRICULTURAL INVESTMENTS IN
AFRICA: AN INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS. Acad. Res. J. Agric. Sci. Res.