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Politics of Food

Small-scale farmers in Myanmar, where the economy and politics have just recently been liberalized, are witnessing rapid changes driven by international investors. Laws are being drafted to attract foreign investment, but the benefits are one-sided. Nwet Kay Khine analyses the development of contract farming in Myanmar and how it affects the livelihoods of small-scale farmers. While Myanmar tries to improve food security by letting investors in, its big neighboring country, China, is encouraging companies to invest abroad. Chinese outward agricultural investments have been growing exponentially in the last years, drawing a lot of critical media attention about the consequences for host countries. However, according to Feifei Cai, these concerns are overrated and a more objective assessment of Chinese agricultural investments shows that there can be more opportunities than risks to them. She therefore argues that Chinese investment flows should be more welcomed on an international level.

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Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
Short title (alternative/varying form of title) Perspectives Asia, Issue 5
  • Agriculture and fishing
  • Contract farming
  • Small and medium scale farming
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • China
  • Myanmar
Copyright Yes
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Author (corporate) Heinrich Boll Foundation
Publication place Myanmar
Publisher Heinrich Boll Foundation
Publication date 2017
Pagination 40
Keywords Chinese Investment
Date uploaded August 12, 2018, 08:00 (UTC)
Date modified April 10, 2021, 16:19 (UTC)