Djibouti and Burundi agricultural cooperation with China producing sustainable results
MOUSSA Ibrahim Cheik never ceases to be amazed at the rapid changes taking place in his country.
Whenever he travels abroad and returns home to Djibouti, it’s almost as if development is in fast forward mode, said the director general of Livestock and Veterinary Services at Djibouti’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water, Fisheries, Animal and Maritime Resources.
Much of this development has taken place through Djibouti-china collaborative efforts over the past years with the many large infrastructure projects like new seaports, airports, railway and a 48-hectare free trade area with sea access.
But it is in the area of agriculture that the small East African country, with an area equivalent to about one and a half times the size of Beijing, is making strides that may not be as noticeable as these other mega projects, but to Cheik are just as inspiring and vital to the country’s future development.
Along with eight other agriculture officials from five African countries, Cheik was recently in China for a training program on sustainable agricultural development for senior African officials. Organized by the Center of International Cooperation Service of China’s Ministry of Agriculture in late July, the 11-day training included seminars and practical field studies in Beijing and Hunan Province.
Back home in Djibouti, part of Cheik’s mandate is to work with Chinese agricultural experts dispatched to the African country to assist its agricultural
African agriculture officials pose with Yuan Longping (sixth right), known as the “father of hybrid rice” in China