China is an important partner in fighting food insecurity in Africa: expert
African diplomats visited Yuan Longping High-tech Agriculture Co., Ltd. in Changsha, central China’s Hunan Province, July 29, 2022. (Xinhua)
China is one of the best countries in the world that Africa can partner with to tackle food insecurity on the continent due to its own experience and agricultural technological innovations, an expert has said.
KIGALI, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) — China is one of the best countries in the world that Africa can partner with in the fight against food insecurity on the continent due to its own experience and technological innovations. agriculture, an expert said on Friday.
Rwandan economist Egide Karuranga, in an interview with Xinhua on the sidelines of the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) summit that concluded Friday in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, said Africa can learn of China given that the Asian country has already succeeded in combating malnutrition and food shortages.
He pointed to water and irrigation as areas where China can invest in Africa, describing them as bottom-of-the-pyramid needs that need more attention than anything else in the economy.
“For example, Africa is struggling with irrigation and production, but China has developed great expertise in this area. There are a few agricultural technology innovations that have been tested, implemented and succeeded in China and that can be transferred and adapted to (the) African context,” he said.
Karuranga cited lack of innovation, effects of climate change, poor implementation of existing innovations, and global shocks, including COVID-19 and the conflict in Ukraine, among the reasons responsible for the current food insecurity on the continent.
A staff member pours fresh avocados into water to wash them at the Sunripe factory in Limuru town, Kiambu county, Kenya, Aug. 2, 2022. (Xinhua/Dong Jianghui)
Du Gongming, general manager of China-based Greechain Information Science and Technology Ltd., which helps send African products to the Chinese market, said deep cooperation between China and Africa is essential.
Last month, the company successfully sent the first batch of Kenyan fresh avocados to China, marking the first time African fresh avocados were exported to the Chinese market.
“In the next step, we hope to help more African products to open up the Chinese market,” he said.
Presenting their experiences and challenges in exporting African agricultural products to China, Du noted that with the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world, the global economic recovery remains fragile and weak.
“But that is why long-term and in-depth friendly cooperation between China and Africa has become particularly important. China is the largest consumer market in the world. Consumers are increasingly demanding high quality products,” he said.
Du observed that Africa has natural advantages for the development of agricultural production, and urged Africa to take advantage of its high-quality natural, green and organic agricultural products to trade more with China.
He stressed the importance of investing in Africa, deepening cooperation between China and Africa in agricultural products while improving Africa’s level of agricultural modernization.
Exporting China’s advanced agricultural management technology, in order to bring more and better African agricultural food products to the Chinese market, not only meets the wishes of Chinese and African people, but also brings benefits tangible to the peoples of China and Africa, he added.
Du noted that Greechain has been committed to the development of African agricultural products with huge distribution channels to meet the strong demand from the Chinese market.
“We can help African agricultural products meet China’s inspection and quarantine standards. We hope to cooperate with various African countries to bring more African agricultural products to China,” he said. ■