China To Improve Food Security In Africa

China improve food security in Africa


The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and China鈥檚 Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS) have begun a partnership to improve food security and create jobs for the growing youth population in Africa.

The new partnership is part of China鈥檚 efforts to deepen collaboration with Africa in the area of agricultural development with the cooperation of theIITA, Punch Nigeria reports.
The agency promoting the collaboration with the聽IITA, described the partnership as a win-win situation for both China and Africa.

The聽IITA, a non-profit organisation founded in 1967 in Nigeria and governed by a board of trustees, is one of the world鈥檚 leading research partners in finding solutions to hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

According to the institute, it works with partners to enhance crop quality and productivity, reduce producer and consumer risks, and generate wealth from agriculture.

Head of communication,聽IITA, Katherine Lopez under the proposed framework collaboration said both parties have agreed to work together on crop improvement especially cassava, banana/plantain, spices, vegetable and cocoa.

She also said the framework would also see Africa-China student and researcher exchange programmes that would engender learning and capacity development.

Director-General of聽IITA, Nteranya Sanginga, who was represented by Alfred Dixon, said the proposal for joint cooperation was a step in the right direction.

鈥淲e are excited over this development and we want to work with you. The聽IITA聽is committed to working with聽CATAS聽to help China fight the scourge of crop pests such as cassava mosaic disease that is economically important to both China and Africa,鈥 Sanginga said.

IITA聽and聽CATAS聽will be working with聽GAWAL, a private Chinese agricultural firm, on several agricultural issues.聽GAWAL聽has also offered to serve as a link between the聽IITA聽and other Chinese agricultural solution providers.

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