Despite most African economies being agriculture-based, the continent still lags behind in developing this mainstay sector.
Fortunately, it’s in for a boost following the first ever China Africa Cooperation and Development Summit held in Lusaka, Zambia.
Farming in the country is on its way up. In recent years, the nation has surpassed its own maize requirements and helped its neighbours beat hunger by selling them its surplus.
It however has even bigger ambitions, which it hopes China can help it achieve.
The southern African nation just witnessed the first China Africa Cooperation Summit, a framework to help increase production and accelerate the development of agricultural technology.
In Zambia, it will help diversify the agro-base to build capacity in animal husbandry, horticulture and other specialized crops for export.
Using media technology – such as CCTV7, the dedicated farming channel, China will empower local communities with the techniques to write their own success stories.
The Agricultural cooperation is set to be rolled out next in Zimbabwe.