Delegates attending an African regional workshop on applications of Juncao technology in the Rwandan capital city Kigali have recommended the adoption of the technology to promote sustainable agriculture production in Africa.
Juncao technology is a priority project under the China-United Nations Peace and Development Trust Fund as it contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including eradication of poverty, reduction of hunger, use of renewable energy, promotion of women’s empowerment, job creation and response to ongoing climate change, said Amson Sibanda, chief of National Strategies and Capacity Building Branch, Division for SDGs, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, at the workshop on Tuesday.
Under the “Agriculture, Food Security and Food Safety” pillar of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Dakar Action Plan (2022-2024), China and Africa agreed to give full play to the agricultural technology demonstration centers already established in Africa to strengthen personnel training and exchanges as well as agricultural technology trials and demonstrations, Sibanda said.
Addressing participants, Olivier Kamana, permanent secretary in the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, said that the government of Rwanda considers Juncao technology as a technology that needs to be prioritized.
The four-day workshop has brought together government officials, experts in Juncao technology, farmers’ representatives, representatives from the UN, civil society organizations and the private sector, among others.