Chinese agricultural engagement in Zambia: A grassroots analysis

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A former Chinese soldier now farming in Zambia with a village elder, Zambia 2008. (Photo: Solange Guo Chatelard)
SAIS-CARI | January 2015

Chinese agricultural engagement in Zambia: A grassroots analysis

by Solange Guo Chatelard and Jessica M. Chu

Recent focus on large-scale Chinese investments in African agriculture has fueled popular misperceptions of Chinese "land grabs" and has overshadowed another unexplored - and perhaps more significant - phenomenon the rise of medium-scale private Chinese farmers and rural entrepreneurs.

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  1. I. P .A. Manning
    15 Jan 2015

    Laing bought land from a Zambian obviously holding customary land on usufruct. This is a landgrab. Usufruct holdings cannot be transferred except by the traditional authority. Now they have applied for leasehold title, which again requires the permission of the chief and the District Coucil, but if the land exceeds 250 ha, the Commissioner of Lands; and if over 1000 ha, the President. Any action alienating customary land is reprehensible.

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