China Kompetenzzentrum

    Vortrag: China, Africa and the Market for Donkeys

    Datum: 24.01.2023, 18:00 Uhr

    In der dritten Fassung der Vortragsreihe des CCCUW, stellt Prof. Johnston von der University of Sidney die geopolitisch hoch-brisante und unerwartete Verbindung zwischen China, Afrika und den Markt für Esel als Transportmittel (in Afrika) und für medizinische Zwecke (in China). Diese Hybrid Veranstaltung ist auf Englisch und findet im Raum 00.006 der Graduate School (Beatrice Edgell Weg 21) statt!

    Rising Chinese per capita income and health insurance coverage are good news - except for the world's donkey population. As a slow and selective breeder, the donkey has for some 7,000 years served rural villages via transport and heavy lifting services. Today, however, it faces a battle for survival, due to a newly burgeoning Chinese Traditional Medicine market for “ejiao”. Ejiao is 3,000 year-old medicinal product made using gelatin from donkey hides that is understood to support blood health, ageing and pregnancy. Demand for donkeys in China has reached such highs that smugglers are increasingly active across Africa, where donkeys are being legally, but also increasingly illegally traded. The result is rising displacement of Africa’s poor to the fringes and women returning to doing the 'donkey work' themselves. That means not only greater physical stress but also diminished income and educational opportunity for girls. This presentation will review these trends, and explore ideas that might help to bring a new and more sustainable equilibrium to the market for donkeys - in the interests of China and Africa.

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    For those of you, who wish to know more about the donkey industry in China and Africa, here is a link to Professor Johnston's newest article on donkey trade in Africa: