The 1st China-Africa Forum on Tropical Agricultural Science and Technology Cooperation was held recently in Boao. More than 100 delegates from Rwanda, Zambia, Tanzania, Nigeria, Cameroon, Liberia, Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, Togo, Egypt, Sudan, Ghana, Senegal, and representatives of domestic agricultural research institutions, university experts and scholars and going global enterprises attended the forum, and they expressed their views and made suggestions for the new pattern of China-Africa tropical agricultural science and technology cooperation.
During the forum, experts and scholars from China and African countries conducted exchanges and discussions on China-Africa cooperation in tropical agricultural science and technology innovation, the building of China-Africa tropical agriculture exchange and cooperation platform and sustainable development, development of China-Africa agricultural and rural human resources, and visited the First “Belt and Road” Tropical Agriculture Photography Exhibition, Qionghai Pilot Agricultural Area for Foreign Cooperation, China-Africa Cooperation Exhibition on Agricultural Development, in order to drive the development of China (Hainan) Free Trade Zone and build a community of China-Africa Tropical Agriculture Sciences. At this forum, the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS) signed a scientific and technical cooperation agreement with the Zambia Development Agency, Zambia Agriculture Research Institute and Rwanda Agricultural and Livestock Development Committee respectively and unveiled the CATAS-CIAT (The International Center for Tropical Agriculture) joint laboratory in order to further promote technical cooperation and development of tropical agriculture in Central Africa and Central Asia.
This forum was jointly sponsored by the Foreign Economic Cooperation Center of MARA of China, Hainan Provincial Department of Agriculture,CATAS and the People’s Government of Qionghai City, and organized by China Tropical Agricultural Association, National Tropical Agricultural Science and Technology Network, Nanjing Agricultural University, Hainan University, Hainan Academy of Agricultural Sciences and other institutions.