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China’s Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centers: Do They Help Africa’s Food Security Needs?

A bag of Liberian rice produced in partnership with the China-funded Agricultural Technology Demonstration Center in Liberia. Photo via Kwame Oldpa Weeks.

As COVID-19 spreads across the African continent, an African Union report has suggested that the outbreak could lead to a serious food security crisis in Africa, with as estimated 2.6% to 7% decline in agricultural production predicted for 2020. The FAO Director-General QU Dongyu has also issued a warning noting “quick, strategic action is needed to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food security in Africa.”

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