China and African Union sign MoU on food security

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(180514) -- GAZA(MOZAMBIQUE), May 14, 2018 (Xinhua) -- A harvester works in the rice field of Wanbao rice farm in Gaza province, Mozambique, April 4, 2018. The Wanbao Mozambique rice farm, invested by the China-Africa Development Fund, is the largest of its kind undertaken by China in Africa. The project, a comprehensive business that incorporates plantation, storage, processing and sales, aims to develop 20,000 hectares of farmland, and will lead farmers in surrounding areas to grow crops over another 80,000 hectares. (Xinhua) (sxk)
A harvester works in the rice field of Wanbao rice farm in Gaza province, Mozambique, April 4, 2018. The Wanbao Mozambique rice farm, invested by the China-Africa Development Fund, is the largest of its kind undertaken by China in Africa.  (Xinhua)

China and the African Union are working to forge a closer partnership in the areas of food safety and food security. The two have just signed a memorandum of understanding at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The agreement is aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation on food safety and security.

The AU Commissioner for Social Affairs Amira Elfadil says the agreement was another dimension of the multifaceted partnership between China and the African Union.

“The MoU is going to cover the cooperation between the government of China and the African Union Commission representing by the Rural Economy and Agriculture Department; it will cover the area of food security and the area of postharvest grain management in Africa’’

The two sides also agreed to craft mechanisms to successfully implement the memorandum of understanding.

“It is basically about the Chinese support for Africa on matters related to food security, food security is the basis for all existence, and foundation of all assistance of China, that is about China’s support for food security in Africa. It is excellent”,says Kwesi Quarty,deputy chairperson,AU commission.

The AU chair also commended China for its continued support to the African Union, and to the continent as whole.

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