Wednesday, August 29, 2018 6:10 pm
China had trained 30 young people on agriculture from 20 African countries, Zhao Lijun, an official from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, said on Wednesday.
Lijun said this at the opening ceremony of the week-long “Youth Leadership Programme in the Belt and Road and South-South Agricultural Cooperation,” which started Monday in Beijing.
The programme was jointly launched by the Institute for South-South Cooperation in Agriculture, China Agricultural University and the UN Office for South-South Cooperation.
Lijun said that the training programme includes a series of sessions, a field trip to the northeast city of Shenyang and dialogue among participants.
China’s South-South agricultural cooperation focuses on utilising its advantages and sharing its experiences to promote agricultural development with other developing countries in Africa and along the Belt and Road, said Lijun.
“The exchange, training and field studies can further deepen the understanding between China and Africa and enhance South-South cooperation in poverty alleviation.
“Others are ending hunger, achieving food security and improve nutrition in Africa,’’ said Alwin Wesseh, the Assistant Minister, the Ministry of Agriculture of Liberia.
The programme also gained support from the World Food Programme, the World Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.
The upcoming 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is scheduled for Sept. 3 to 4, themed “China and Africa: Toward an Even Stronger Community with a Shared Future through Win-Win Cooperation.”