Symbolizing the People's Republic of China's eagerness to win new friends in Africa, Mao Tse-Tung (right) extends the hand of friendship to Ghana's President Kwame Nkrumah at a July 28, 1962 meeting in Hangchow, China., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
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.