KIGALI, (Xinhua) --
China is playing a significant role towards
transformation of Africa’s agriculture sector, which has
contributed to food and nutrition security and poverty reduction
on the continent.
Attaher Maiga, Food
and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Country Representative to
Rwanda, said this in an interview with Xinhua Tuesday at the
ongoing African Regional Forum on Agriculture for Sustainable
Development in Kigali.
the key to economic growth, poverty reduction and food security
in Africa. Agricultural growth is an important component of
China’s economic relations with African countries,” Maga said.
Last December, China
promised to offer about 60 billion U.S. dollars to Africa to
enhance the continent’s economic transformation,
industrialization and technological development.
government announced that it will roll out 10 major cooperation
plans that will strengthen cooperation with Africa within the
next three years.
“China is partnering
with African economies to transform agriculture into a modern
and dynamic sector. Chinese government has supported Africa’s
agriculture growth through a multitude of activities in areas
such as investment, capacity building, infrastructure
development, innovations and research,” said Maga.
conference, organized by FAO, aims at discussing how the
principles for sustainable food and agriculture can promote
joint action to strengthen the contribution of agriculture,
forestry and fisheries to sustainable development.
Africa needs about
400 billion U.S. dollars of investment in food production over
the next decade to meet the continent’s needs, according to FAO.