Monday, August 16, 2010

China Africa Agricultural Forum

China next frontier in Africa after successively transforming the infrastructure of most African countries including Kenya now lies in Agriculture.
This frontier is now marked and defined with the recently held China-Africa Agricultural Forum which was held on August 11-12 2010 in Beijing, with the theme of opportunities and challenges for China-Africa agricultural cooperation in the new situation. Heads of parties and governments, agricultural ministers and entrepreneurs from nearly 20 African countries attended the forum with Kenya being represented by the Vice President Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka. The Chinese partners pointed out that the convening of the forum demonstrated the sincerity of China to help Africa achieve their independent development.
Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) which spell out the outcomes of contacts between China and Africa mostly from Chinese perspective gives a good indication on what Beinjing is up to i.e. China unveils proposals for agricultural cooperation with Africa 
At the closing ceremony, China and the African countries issued the Beijing Declaration of China-Africa Agricultural Forum, highlighting the problem of food security.
Recognizing that food security is a serious challenge for the world, the declaration said the international community in general, and developed countries in particular, should pay more attention to food security in Africa and honor their aid and debt-relief commitments.
"We call upon developed countries to make more effort to help African countries realize the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations," said the declaration.
Jointly organized by the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the Chinese Ministry of Agriculturethe forum focused on opportunities and challenges in China-Africa agricultural cooperation and to show case the seriousness of this the China Daily had a story on China, Africa forge farming ties.
The vice President has of late has gone viral show casing his endeavors on facebook  and  mykalonzomusyoka website has kept everyone who cares updated on what he is up to.
So one has to wait to if the Chinese will carry on this as opposed to the Americans that have feed the future

Map of Africa

African Leaders

VP addressing the Forum

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