Sub-Saharan African countries have forged strong ties with China in order to acquire technologies and expertise that are crucial to accelerate an agrarian revolution, an African expert has said. Emmanuel Tambi, director of policy and advocacy with the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa, noted that Sino-Africa cooperation in agriculture has unleashed mutual benefits. “There are a number of ongoing initiatives between China and Africa to strengthen cooperation in the field of agriculture. China is discussing trade in agriculture products with regional blocs,” Tambi told Xinhua in an interview in Nairobi…Full Article: ECNS.cn Mar 2015

Key Point

  • According to the Information Office of China’s State Council, over the past few years, China has sent 235 agricultural experts to Mongolia, Nigeria, Uganda, and six other countries.
  • In 2012, China funded an agricultural pilot program situated just outside of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

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  • In October 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced that his country will donate US$50 million UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) over the following five years.
  • In August 2014, China’s Geo-Engineering Corporation International Ltd (CGCINT) was planning to invest in 30,000 hectares of cassava farm land around Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo. The company was hoping to grow cassava in Congo and ship it back to a China-based cassava starch plant. During the same month, Nigeria announced that China was going to establish a cassava processing plant in southeastern Nigeria (Yakurr Area of the state).
  • In April 2013, it was confirmed that a South-South cooperation project between Mongolia and China was to progress to its second phase. The project is designed to strengthen Mongolia’s food safety, and boost its agriculture and livestock industry.

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