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Brazilian President Says He Tried to Prevent Africa From Being “Taken Hostage” by China

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva issued a rare public critique of China on Tuesday when he said his government sought closer ties with African countries in a bid to shield the continent from being "taken hostage" by China. "Brazil had to ...

Kenyan Farmers Watch as Chinese Garlic Slowly Claims Market

Significant imports from China are meant to meet the shortfall since Kenyan farmers produce only 2,000 metric tonnes which only meets 50 to 60% of local needs. The rest is supplemented by imports from Rwanda and Tanzania.

China Blocks Vietnamese Fruit Trucks From Entering One Day After Hanoi Upgrades Diplomatic Ties With Washington

Hundreds of Vietnamese trucks carrying fresh fruit are backing up at Chinese border crossings due to newly introduced inspection requirements. The timing of these new inspections is prompting speculation that it could be a form of retaliation against Vietnam for upgrading ...

Q&A: African, Chinese and European Scientists Collaborating to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Kenya’s Smallholder Farms

A growing number of joint research projects between Chinese and African scientists on climate change is increasing collaboration, producing different data to help address challenges brought on by changing weather patterns. At the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Zhu ...

Thailand Worries of Losing Spot As China’s Top Durian Supplier

Analysts estimated that about three decades ago, Thailand sent to China its first batch of fresh durians – the pungent, spiky fruit native to Southeast Asia. Since then, Thailand’s Monthong durian’s creamy and custard-like texture has dominated the Chinese palate. “Thai ...

South African Avocados Are the Latest Entrant Into China’s Already-Saturated Market

Chinese consumers will soon be able to purchase South African avocados in their local supermarkets thanks to a new export agreement signed on the sidelines of last week's BRICS summit in Johannesburg. The move is part of a larger Chinese effort ...

Graph of the Day: How Chinese Demand Is Shifting the Global Soybean Market from the U.S. to Brazil

China is now the largest buyer of Brazil’s soybean crop, as part of a move away from U.S. exports. Chinese buyers have consistently bought large quantities of Brazilian soybeans but are now even putting in orders for delivery in October, traditionally a quiet time in Brazil’s soybean ...

African and Chinese Scientists Collaborating to Stop Desertification in Vulnerable Countries

The 3rd Taklimakan Summit in Xinjiang last month saw experts from Ethiopia and Nigeria joining specialists and representatives from 14 countries for a series of training and field visit experiences on combating desertification deep in China’s largest arid zone. ...

Re-Election of China’s Man at the Food & Agriculture Organization Could Reverberate in the Global South

By Felix Brender Earlier this month, China’s Qu Dongyu was re-elected as head of the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO). Media coverage was rather muted inside and outside China, where official media foregrounded Qu’s being the first Chinese in such a role and ...

Small Fish Sizes in Ghana’s Waters Indicate Effects of Illegal Trawling by Chinese and Other Vessels

The latest policy from the Fisheries Commission in Ghana reveals that data from catch assessment surveys shows considerable levels of overfishing leading to a GDP decline from 1.5% in 2015 to 0.9% in 2019 due to overexploitation of the fisheries resources.
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