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Africa, China Seal Food Security Deal

Africa may never be hungry no more following a new mega food security deal between African Union and the Chinese.

On Wednesday, China sent a delegation to the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa and the two sides deliberated on ways forward towards the implementation of the MoU.

According to the agreement, the two sides will cooperate in areas including food safety and quality, post-harvest loss management, and others in the cooperation framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.

The Chinese will also provide capacity building support and share experiences to the AU especially in the implementation of the Africa Comprehensive Agriculture Development Programme.

The Chinese delegation led by Zhang Wufeng, head of China’s National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration.

Amira Elfadil, AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, stated that the AU-China cooperation in food safety and security is another dimension of partnership on the bedrock of the multifaceted partnership between the two sides.

“So, from the experience of the government of China, we are going to agree on the way forward to implement together, how to share experiences, how China is going to support technically and financially the establishment of a new agency for food security in Africa,” she said.

In 2017, FAO reported that the prevalence of hunger was on the rise in Africa, after many years of decline. Today, a fifth of Africans are undernourished, representing a staggering 257 million individuals.

By 2050 an estimated additional 71 million people will be food insecure in the world, over half of whom will be in sub-Saharan Africa.

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