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April 16, 2024

Emergence of a New Developmentalism: Development Learning in China-Africa Interaction

A Conversation with Professor Li Xiaoyun

Event Series: China and the Global South

Aerial view of houses in a village

At an intimate in-person event, Professor Li Xiaoyun of China Agricultural University discussed development learning in China-Africa engagements. As author of over 20 books and 200 papers, his work on international development and aid, participatory poverty reduction, and sustainable resource management has had extensive policy influence in China. The pioneer of “simple technology, big harvest” and “small beans, big nutrition”—a China-Tanzania poverty reduction program—he shared his extensive knowledge and thoughts on China-Africa development cooperation.

This event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University's Africa-China Initiative and the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues.


Li Xiaoyun is the Lead Chair Professor at China Agricultural University and serves as honorary dean of both the College of International Development and Global Agriculture (CIDGA) and the China Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (CISSCA). His scholarly endeavors cover a wide range of themes, including international development, aid, poverty reduction, rural development, gender and development, and sustainable resource management.