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China reaches for African science

China took on a new role in African science last weekend (November 8), announcing plans to promote research in agriculture, medicine, and clean energy as part of its $10 billion investment in the region. Image: US AID At the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Egypt, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told attendees that the country would create a science and technology partnership with Africa, which would entail carrying out 100 joint research projects and training 100 African postdocs in China, link

By | November 16, 2009

China took on a new role in African science last weekend (November 8), announcing plans to promote research in agriculture, medicine, and clean energy as part of its $10 billion investment in the region.
Image: US AID
At the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Egypt, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told attendees that the country would create a science and technology partnership with Africa, which would entail carrying out 100 joint research projects and training 100 African postdocs in China, linkurl:reported;http://www.china.org.cn/world/2009-11/08/content_18848026.htm the Chinese news agency Xinhua. Jiabao promised to provide $73 million worth of medical and research equipment to help improve health care and support malaria research. The country also highlighted the need for clean energy cooperation between the two regions, and said it would set up 100 clean energy projects on the continent. The Chinese leader also promised to boost efforts already underway in Africa to build food security and increase agricultural research. Two years ago, China said it would build 10 multi-million-dollar Africa-based agricultural technology centers, but now says it will up that number to 20. The project's first center is currently being constructed in Mozambique and will have a starting budget of $55 million, linkurl:reported;http://www.scidev.net/en/sub-suharan-africa/news/china-s-farming-ambitions-in-mozambique-take-shape.html SciDev.net. Chinese experts will train Mozambican scientists to improve farming methods and yields, and test the climatic suitability of seeds from maize, rice, vegetables, and fruit in Mozambique's ecosystems. The center is expected to open next year.
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