Hundreds of power-tillers from China lie unused in Ethiopia. They can be used to plow, power a water-pump, and generate electricity, but low sales were thought to be caused by a lack of technical information, showing how China's role in African agriculture must be researched (Photo: IFPRI-IMAGES, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
New research by IIED's Seth Cook, which features in the journal World Development, uses the agri-food sector in Ethiopia and Ghana to show how the role of Chinese migrants in Africa is poorly researched and understood
South Africa President Jacob Zuma speaks to China counterpart Xi Jinping at the FOCAC summit in Sandton, Johannesburg in 2015. China is increasingly influential in Africa (Photo: GCIS/GovernmentZA, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
Can Chinese business engagement ensure sustainability and benefit the poor? Our research suggests complex factors shape their operations – of which Chinese policies play only a minor role
Women harvesting vegetables in Shanggula village, Guangxi province, China, can share lessons on sustainable farming with the rest of the world (Photo: Simon Lim)
A growing trend towards sustainable food offers hope for addressing environmental, social and food safety concerns associated with China's food system
A forest near Ngon village, Ebolowa district, in Cameroon, which will host an event to bring together Chinese, African and international stakeholders to discuss trade and investment impacting Africa's forests (Photo: Photo by Ollivier Girard for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Creative Commons, via Flickr)
An innovative multi-stakeholder event discussing Chinese trade and investment impacting Africa's forests will take place in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 22-25 June
Wang Zhi, assistant production manager of Jiamusi Zhongheng Thermoelectric Ltd, which was built in 1999 to provide 1.75 million GJ annually for Dalkia with an annual coal consumption of 350,000 tons (Photo: Asian Development Bank, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
China is quickly reducing its coal use, leading to lower emissions and less air pollution. Maarten Akkerman explores how this shift could adversely impact Vietnam and other countries
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Keep up to date with the latest participation news from Participatory Learning and Action – a leading informal journal on participatory methods and approaches that strengthen rights, voice and governance and promote social justice. The series is published in English, with some issues translated into other languages, and some issues available in multimedia formats.
Harvesting leaves from a forest in Hunan, China (Photo: Simon Lim)
Sharing China's sustainable development lessons and practices helps developing countries deliver economic development with better social and environmental outcomes
Chinese timber business in Mozambique (Photo: Mike Goldwater)
Understanding Africa's informal economy – where people work with/for small-scale Chinese businesses – is critical for assessing China's impact and making policy for the rural poor
A farmer in a buckwheat field close to harvest time in Gansu Province, China. The country's agriculture is currently facing major environmental challenges (Photo: Han Jianping)
The environmental impacts of China's agricultural production affect not just China, but also the global environment. An IIED and China Agricultural University workshop explored examples and models that could help promote sustainable agricultural practices in China
Chronic air pollution is part of everyday life for many people in China. This photo shows Anyang, the most northern city of China's Henan province (Photo: V.T. Polywoda, Creative Commons via Flickr)
Our March Critical Theme seminar looked at the environmental and political issues raised by raised by the film "Under the Dome", made by one of China's leading investigative journalists, Chai Jing.


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