About 355 Namibian farmers and government staff have benefited from training with Chinese experts on skills from rice farming to compost making, said Namibia’s agriculture permanent secretary Percy Misika. Through a project under the Tripartite Agreement on South-South Cooperation (SSC) signed with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and China, which started in 2015 and will end this year, Chinese experts were assigned to work with locals to maximize skills and knowledge transfer…Full Article: Xinhua Jan 2017

Key Point

  • According to Namibia’s Agriculture Permanent Secretary, negotiations are underway for Phase 2 of the SSC project between the tripartite group (China, FAO, and Namibia). To date, Chinese-back agricultural training in Namibia covered rice cultivation, horticulture (including Chinese long beans and pumpkins), compost/organic fertilizer production, and meat quality/sanitary analysis.

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  • In November 2016, a two-day SSC financed training seminar on vegetable production was held in Katima Mulilo, Zambezi Region.
  • In September 2016, China donated 4,000 MTs of rice Namibia as food aid for an ongoing drought.
  • In June 2016, Namibia’s President declared a state of emergency in the country over drought conditions.
  • In June 2015, China’s Minister of Agriculture (Han Changfu) and the UN’s FAO signed a US$50 million agreement as part of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Trust Fund
  • 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 June 2014, China launched the South-South Cooperation (SSC) project in Namibia. The project was focused on aiding farmers in Zambezi Region, northeastern Namibia.
  • 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.
  • In 1990, China and Namibia established diplomatic ties.
  • Established in 1978 (originally endorsed in 1974) by the United Nations, the South-South cooperation is designed to facilitate the exchange of resources and technological know-how between two or more developing countries (generally located in the “Global South”).

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