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Why Food Security & Agriculture Issues Need to Be Atop the China-Africa Agenda

A growing number of people in Africa are facing acute shortages of food due in part to disruptions brought on by COVID, climate change, and, in some countries, conflict. Solving the problem today is not going to be easy given how much of the continent depends on imported food supplies.

China at once is both a contributor to the problem, especially given its role as the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and a key part of the solution.

Ama Brandford-Arthur, a senior partnerships officer in the South-South and Triangular Cooperation Unit at the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a specialized UN agency, joins Eric & Cobus from Rome to discuss what she thinks China can do to help alleviate the growing problem of food insecurity in Africa.

Show Notes:

About Ama Brandford-Arthur:

Ama Brandford-Arthur has been working with IFAD since 2004, and currently holds the position of Senior Partnership Officer in the Global Engagement, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Division. In this position, she is responsible for coordinating the implementation of IFAD’s corporate agenda and engagement in South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC). IFAD’s strategy for SSTC has the overall objective of increasing the mainstreaming of SSTC by leveraging innovative solutions and partnerships in support of small-scale farmers and producers. Working in close collaboration with relevant internal and external stakeholders, Ms. Brandford-Arthur supports the identification of SSTC opportunities in existing and upcoming IFAD interventions and the establishment of SSTC partnerships with Member States, development partners, and the private sector. Through her work and that of members of the Unit, SSTC is being leveraged as a tool to enhance the capacity of developing countries to engage with each other in pursuing inclusive development, and IFAD is growing in its visibility as an advocate of this cooperation modality. Ms. Brandford-Arthur also supports IFAD’s partnership and resource mobilization process with specific responsibilities for Brazil and South Africa.

Transcript:(please note this transcript is produced by artificial intelligence so it’s not 100% accurate)

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