FAO: China’s Presence in South-South Cooperation Transforming Africa’s Agriculture
Africa has derived enormous benefits in agricultural transformation from China through the South-South Cooperation, an official of the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has told Xinhua.
Peter Atimka Anaadumba, South-South Cooperation Program Officer at the African Regional Office of FAO, said China had proven over the years to be a major credible and reliable partner in transforming agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa.
He was speaking in an interview on Tuesday at a five-day workshop on African Regional Knowledge Sharing on promoting Efficient Rice Farming at Elmina, some 158 km west of the national capital, Accra.
“China is a major player when it comes to South-South cooperation in Africa. It’s a major partner of FAO. When you look at the Africa region, China gave a grant to FAO in 2009 of about 30 million dollars and recently 50 million dollars, making it 80 million dollars and these funds that they provided are available to support African countries in sub-Saharan Africa to access for them to receive technical expertise from China,” he said.
He lauded China for this support which had been yielding high dividends in the beneficiary African countries where agricultural production is on the increase.
“China, for example, has been working in Liberia. Now, Liberia rice production stands at about seven million tons. We did deploy about 500 experts.