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Fruitful Results Achieved at 1st Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Agriculture

DATE:2019-12-12       SOURCE:MARA

The 1st Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Agriculture (FOCACA), which was held on Dec. 9 in Sanya, Hainan Province, agreed to fully implement the consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and African leaders during the earlier Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation as well as accomplish the agricultural goals set at the Beijing summit. The Sanya Declaration on China-Africa Agricultural Cooperation was also drafted and adopted at the forum. It consolidates the Sino-African consensus on agricultural cooperation and ushers in a new era of mutual cooperation. 


The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China (MARA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the African Union (AU) Commission and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to set up the China-AU Agricultural Cooperation Committee. A total of 11 practical cooperation agreements were signed among relevant government departments, international organizations, research institutes and companies. For example, the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture signed an MOU covering cooperation between China and Africa in the area of agricultural biodiversity conservation and utilization. Country Garden Holdings, the China National Hybrid Rice R&D Center and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Madagascar also signed an agreement to invest $50 million in Madagascar to establish an agricultural park with an annual output of 4,000 tons of hybrid rice seed.   


With the conclusion of the forum, MARA will now undertake the following tasks: First, it will work with the AU to finish compiling Plan for China-African Cooperation on Modern Agriculture, for publication before July 2021. Second, MARA will sign MOUs with agricultural departments of Ethiopia, Botswana, Senegal, Namibia, Nigeria and Ghana to improve bilateral agricultural cooperation mechanisms. Third, it will dispatch another 100 senior agricultural experts to Africa before the end of 2021. Fourth, MARA will help Africa train 10,000 agricultural professionals in the next three years. Fifth, it will further implement the “10+10” cooperation project between Chinese and African agricultural research institutes and set up the China-Africa R&D Alliance for Green Agricultural Technologies. It will also help establish various bilateral platforms between China and African countries, e.g., a China-Kenya joint lab for early warning, monitoring and green prevention of major cross-border animal and plant pests and diseases; a China-Egypt platform for agricultural science and technology innovation and improvement; and a China-Ethiopia joint R&D center for hybrid millet. Sixth, MARA will work with South Africa, Sudan, Morocco, Ethiopia, Senegal, Zimbabwe and Ghana to help them meet agricultural processing and import/export standards in order to facilitate agricultural trade. Seventh, it will promote the upgrade of agricultural demonstration parks in Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique, and Tanzania, and support Africa in building a whole value chain covering production, processing and marketing of agricultural products. MARA will also push forward the establishment of several agricultural industrial parks in Africa over the next five years. 

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