The People’s Republic of China is willing to share with African countries its experience in guaranteeing the food supply and transforming the rural sector, said Han Changfu, Chinese Minister for Agriculture, on 7th March. The declarations were made during a press conference in which he was asked what African could learn from China’s food self-sufficiency.
Food security was a priority for China, a country with over 1,300 million inhabitants. The Chinese Government has adopted a series of policies and has advanced constantly with respect to technology, resulting in a production of over 600 million tons of cereals in 2017, recalled Han.
The Minister also cited the United Nations Organisation for Food and Agriculture, which confirmed the role of China in dealing with the problems of food security throughout the world.
Speaking about China-Africa cooperation in the supply of food, and food self-sufficiency, he said that his country had set up centres to promote agricultural technology in four African countries, and that Chinese experts had been in the least developed nations on the continent to train the local population.
In addition, African experts and officials who work in agricultural departments had been invited to China research and study, according to Han, “China has an active role in addressing the problem of food security in African countries, and we will continue to strengthen cooperation with them. Given that we have different national conditions, I an only offer our experience as a reference. We hope that African countries, in particular the less developed, will be able to find solutions to the problems of food supply as soon as possible, so that Africa can enjoy a better life”, he concluded.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea