NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
A United Nations official on Monday hailed the
2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)
for new initiatives aimed at supporting food security in Africa.
the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative in
Kenya, said that new initiatives rolled out on food security and
agricultural growth by China will help African countries achieve
their industrialization goals on schedule.
China has pledged at
the event that it will support Africa in achieving general food
security by 2030, work with Africa to formulate and implement a
program of action to promote China-Africa cooperation on
During an interview
with Xinhua in Nairobi on Monday, Rugalema said apart from food
availability, the new initiatives will also help transform
agriculture to become an employer, hence changing the lives of
Rugalema noted that
in addition to putting in place infrastructural development in
road and rail network, food security remains a key factor
towards improving livelihoods of African communities.
He said that the
uplift in infrastructure done by Chinese companies is a major
enabler for agricultural development through opening new markets
for farm produce.
support in developing roads and railway lines, unreachable parts
of the continent where initially people took two days to reach
have become reachable within 10 hours of travelling,” said
He noted that just
like China, Africa will stand to achieve its industrialization
goal after attaining food security.
with Africa has offered farmers an opportunity for selling their
crops and livestock in time hence making profit,” said Rugalema.
He noted that
through FOCAC initiatives, African countries are due to see
markets for their produce expand.
Rugalema called on
the Chinese part to bring agricultural technologies that the
continent needs to help increase its productivity.
He observed that
Africa requires affordable technologies such as processing
plants and maize dryers to help manage food wastage.
“We require new
drought-tolerant rice varieties that are being grown in China to
help improve food security in the continent,” Rugalema told
The UN official
challenged African countries to embark on greening the
environment by embarking on planting of additional trees and
grasses to improve food security in arid and semi arid areas,
and called on China to share its experience in forestation.