Sustainable Agriculture in Benin: Strategies for Applying the Chinese Circular Agriculture Model

Charles Nounagnon Gangnibo, Shenggao Cheng, Lei Huang, Antoine Sambou


Recently, many emerging economies try to follow the example of the West’s industrialization by developing material-intensive production systems. As a solution to the environmental problems caused by this kind of economic growth, China is implementing the concept of Circular Economy by drawing on the experiences from Germany, Denmark and Japan. This concept in agriculture is called ‘circular agriculture’. Benin through its Strategic Plan for Agricultural Sector Revival (PSRSA), wishes to attain poverty alleviation within short time (2008-2015). This study aimed to establish basic aspects required for Benin to adopt the circular agriculture which is in practice in China. Primary data from Government reports and interviews were used. The study shows how important agriculture is for food security in Benin. It also shows progress made by China in the path of Circular Economy in general and especially in circular agriculture. Through circular agriculture, Benin could achieve the goal of sustainable agriculture.

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