Tuesday, December 18, 2012

China Launches African Agriculture, Forestry Research Center

China launches African agriculture, forestry research centre

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 00:00

HANGZHOU — China’s first research institution on African agriculture and forestry was launched in east China’s Zhejiang Province on Sunday. The Centre for China-Africa Agriculture and Forestry Research, was

established by the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) and Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University (Zafu).

The centre will focus on China-Africa investment and trade policies on agriculture and forestry, the management of bamboo resources, climate change strategies and technologies as well as food safety issues, said Zhou Guomo, the university president.

The centre will promote China’s agriculture and forestry research achievements and experiences to African countries.

It is also important for China’s forestry industry in being more global, said Wang Chunfeng, deputy director of the Asia-Pacific Forest Network Administration Center with the State Forestry Administration.

Chinese companies can now buy carbon offsets from local bamboo plantations, thanks to a new accounting method that can determine how much carbon is stored in these unique, rapidly-expanding ecosystems, according to the INBAR.

The network said the methodology, developed by INBAR and Zafu, was approved in November by the State Forestry Administration and announced at the just ended UN climate talks in Doha.

INBAR is an intergovernmental organisation established in 1997.

It plays a unique role in finding and demonstrating innovative ways of using bamboo and rattan to protect environments and biodiversity, alleviate poverty and facilitate fairer pro-poor trade. It currently has 38 member countries, of which 15 are African nations.

— Xinhua.


Ross Taylor said...

Well that was great news, it was the golden dawn for the African Agriculture.
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James Chadwick said...

It is good that China has open African agriculture, forestry research Centre. Because of this center both countries can come close and share their agriculture, forestry, trade etc. with one another.

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