Natural resources, rural poverty and China-Africa trade
Project lead: Xiaoxue Weng, International Institute for Environment and Development
Start date: 1 January 2015
End date: 18 July 2018
Using Kenya, Uganda and Zambia as case studies, this project will provide insights on natural resource governance, global trade patterns, as well as the positive and harmful effects of informal resource exploitation on local poverty and the natural environment.
The project covers four main areas;
- Value chain analysis of selected commodity chains with a particular focus on power dynamics and benefit distribution.
- Political-economic analysis of regulatory and customary regimes governing the selected commodity trade.
- Environmental impacts analysis through land-use/land cover change.
- Cross-sector synthesis of the three sectors’ findings and key policy lessons.
Envisioned as one of the first systematic examinations of micro-level Chinese activities in Africa’s natural resource governance, this research will provide rigorous evidence and dispel misconceptions about Chinese trade and investment in Africa’s informal economy.
Mining-sector dynamics in an era of resurgent resource nationalism: Changing relations between large-scale mining and artisanal and small-scale mining in Tanzania
The new face of informality in the Tanzanian mineral economy: Transforming artisanal mining through foreign investment?
Informality, global capital, rural development and the environment: Mukula (rosewood) trade between China and Zambia
Chinese investments and Africa’s small-scale producers: disruptions and opportunities
Contract farming and informality: drivers and governance responses in Zambia and Zimbabwe
Mukula (rosewood) trade between China and Zambia
Saving trees or improving lives? Tackling illegal logging in Zambia’s forests