China will increase two-way cooperation with Guinea-Bissau in the areas of fisheries and agriculture, especially for rice production and other areas of interest to both countries, the Chinese ambassador said Thursday [11 June 2015] in Bissau. Ambassador Wang Hua said at the end of an audience granted by President José Mário Vaz that a Chinese agricultural technical team was working on rice production in the Bafatá region and said “we want this activity to spread to other regions of Guinea-Bissau.”…Full Article: Macauhub June 2015

Key Point

  • In addition to promoting rice production in Guinea-Bissau, China recently (as of June 2015) donated ~400 computers to various Bissau-Guinean government departments.

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Guinea Bissau

  • In November 2013, China donated 1,400 MTs of rice to Guinea Bissau after a poor cashew harvest (major export product).

Kenya

  • In March 2013 it was announced that China would allocate Sh12.6 billion (~US$150 million) to boost to rice production on 10,000 hectares of Kenyan farmland.

Mozambique

  • In April 2015, Chokué Agri-Industrial Complex, Gaza province, southern Mozambique, officially opened (Chinese funded).
  • In 2012, Wanbao Agriculture harvested its first rice crop in Xai-Xai, but the majority of the crop was destroyed by flooding in southern Mozambique.
  • In 2011, China Wanbao Oil and Grain Co Ltd. (via its subsidiary Wanbao Africa Agriculture Development aka Wambao) was brought in to manage the rice development project in Xai-Xai in southern Mozambique.
  • In 2005, the Mozambican government solicited China to develop 12,000 ha of abandoned rice paddy land in Xai-Xai, Gaza province, southern Mozambique.

Rwanda

  • In April 2014, a Chinese delegation, led by the president of Foreign Economic Cooperation Center (FECC), visited the demonstration center in Huye district, southern Rwanda.
  • In 2011, the China-Rwanda Agriculture Technology Demonstration Centre (C-RATDC) in Rubona, Huye District. The centre, located in southern Rwanda, focuses on the production of upland rice, paddy rice, mushrooms, sericulture, as well as soil and water conservation.

Zimbabwe

  • In March 2015, China donated 5,400 MTs of rice to Zimbabwe as food aid.

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