The Chinese government through its embassy in Maputo has donated 10,000 tons of rice worth 10 million U.S. dollars expected to help 700,000 people in the southern region of Mozambique. The beneficiaries are from the provinces of Gaza and Inhambane who are among the most affected by the phenomenon El Nino that in the last two years reduced food production and led the government to declare a red alert in April this year…Full Article: Xinhua Dec 2016

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  • China will also finance the drilling of 200 boreholes in Mozambique for extracting water.

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  • In April 2015, the Chinese-funded Chokué Agri-Industrial Complex (CAIC) opened in Mozambique. CAIC would reportedly be able to process 60,000 MTs of rice annually in addition to being able to process tomatoes and cashews. CAIC would also have a 15,000 MTs cold storage capacity for fresh produce. Lastly, the CAIC will be supplied in part by Wambao Agriculture, a Chinese-backed company located some 130 km (~80 miles away) in Xai-Xai district.
  • In 2013, construction began on the Chinese-funded Chokué Agri-Industrial Complex (CAIC) in Mozambique.
  • In 2012, Wanbao Agriculture harvested its first rice crop in Xai-Xai, but the majority of the crop was destroyed by flooding.
  • 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, 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.

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