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Title:'New friends, easier partners and bigger brothers': the influence of the emerging powers on agriculture and food security in Malawi
Author:De Bruyn, Tom
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs (ISSN 1938-0275)
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:agricultural development
food security
international cooperation
South-South relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10220461.2016.1158663
Abstract:Emerging powers are credited with influencing development cooperation, but field-based studies incorporating the viewpoints of recipient developing country actors are scarce. This article analyses the presence and the material, ideational and institutional influence of assistance in agriculture and food security in Malawi by the governments of Brazil, India, China and South Africa. The findings suggest first that, despite a similar and powerful discourse linking these four states, in practice the emerging powers' approaches diverge to a large extent. Second, the material influence of these emerging powers is relatively limited and consequently so is their influence on Malawi's decision-making process with regard to development. Finally, perceptions about the emerging powers' potential contribution to addressing development challenges differ greatly between the Malawian government and the traditional donor community. This difference arises from limited coordination and cooperation on the one hand and the importance of ideational influence on the other. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]