South-South Cooperation (SSC) has been calling increasing attention in international relations studies, especially, in Sub-Sahara Africa. Countries like Mozambique have implemented several SSC projects led by either Brazil or China over the last years. However, empirical studies about the role of Brazil and China remain scarce. In order to fill up this gap, Sergio Chichava and Natalia N. Fingermann have recently published a comparative case study of two ongoing SSC projects carried out in the district of Boane, in Mozambique: ProALIMENTOS, led by Brazil in partnership with the U.S agency and Centro de Investigação e Transferência de Tecnologia Agrárias do Umbeluzi (CITTAU), run by China.
The goal of the study is to identify how the Chinese and the Brazilian models are implemented in the Mozambican agriculture context, going beyond the analysis of the official discourse. For the Senior Researcher at the Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Econômicos (IESE-Mozambique), Sergio Chichava “Brazil and China are important players in the country, but few studies have looked at the implementation process”. Thus, “no one knows whether Brazil and China are able to transfer their agriculture expertise to Mozambique”, adds the Professor at Centro Universitario SENAC and Associate Researcher at the IESE, Natalia N. Fingermann.
Comparing ProALIMENTOS and CITTAU, the researchers are able to identify that the Chinese agricultural model is facing more difficulties in Mozambique than the Brazilian one, although the Chinese has more financial capacity to implement its agriculture-based experience. For them, features such as cultural and a communication issues, as well as managerial practices, directly affect the implementation process and the project´s sustainability.
That’s the theme of the article A Cooperação Sul-Sul do Brasil e da China no setor agrícola – Uma análise comparada em Moçambique: CITTAU e ProALIMENTOS, published in the issue number 152 of Meridiano 47, Journal of Global Studies.
Leia o artigo:
CHICHAVA, Sergio; FINGERMANN, Natalia Noschese. A Cooperação Sul-Sul do Brasil e da China no setor agrícola – Uma análise comparada em Moçambique: CITTAU e ProALIMENTOS. Meridiano 47, [S.l.], v. 16, n. 152, p. 37-44, dec. 2015.
Natalia N. Fingermann é Coordenadora e Professora do Bacharelado em Relações Internacionais do Centro Universitário SENAC e Pesquisadora Associada do Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Econômicos (IESE), em Moçambique (firstname.lastname@example.org);
Sérgio Chichava é Pesquisador Sênior do Instituto de Estudos Sociais e Econômicos (IESE) e Professor de Sociologia Política na Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), em Moçambique (email@example.com).