KIGALI Kyle Walker England Jersey , Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- African economies should take the lead in embracing crop genetic varieties in a bid to enhance food security and sustainable agriculture, experts said Wednesday.
They made the call during the African Union regional forum on the Implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.
The treaty was adopted by the Thirty-First Session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on Nov. 3 Kieran Gibbs England Jersey , 2001, whose objectives are the conservation and sustainable use of all plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of their use for sustainable agriculture and food security.
Rwanda hosted the meeting from Sept. 19 to 20 that paves way for the upcoming 7th Session of the Governing Body of the ITPGRFA in Kigali from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, 2017.
The two-day meeting that attracted agriculture experts from across Africa and beyond aimed at discussing the contribution of plant genetic resources towards increasing agricultural productivity and food sufficiency on the continent where food insecurity is most prevalent.
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Janet Edeme, Acting Director of Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of African Union Commission, called on African governments and institutions to provide conducive environments for crop genetics to thrive and contribute to poverty and famine reduction.
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Janet Edeme said the forum provides a platform for Africa to negotiate joint position on biodiversity conservation and use on seeds under ITPGRFA.
The meeting also dwelt on how agriculture can adapt to a changing climate so as to build a resilient food production system in Africa, basing on available crop diversity.
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Hunger is on the rise in the world as, overall, hungry people increased to 815 million in 2016 from 777 million in 2015 Jamie Vardy England Jersey , according to a FAO's report. Among 815 million hungry people, 243 million are in Africa, said the report.
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LILONGWE， Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- There was total excitement in Malawi capital， Lilongwe as the 70 million U.S. dollars state-of-the-art Bingu National Stadium was officially opened by President Peter Mutharika before tens of thousands of Malawians Saturday.
The stadium is one of the most imposing infrastructures funded by the Chinese government in the country alongside the New Parliament Building， the Umodzi Park comprising a 12-story 5-star hotel， an international convention centre and fourteen opulent presidential villas in Lilongwe， and the magnificent Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) in the southern district of Thyolo， among others.
In his key-note address to the jam-packed sports facility， President Mutharika thanked the Chinese government for the continued support to Malawi and he dubbed China as a ""brother and a friend indeed"".
Mutharika said Malawi was for the first time having one of the most advanced stadiums on the continent with international standard facilities and he urged Malawians to take good care of it.
The Malawi leader described Malawi as the Chinese people's home in Africa and that they (Chinese) were all welcome to the southern African country at any time.
""Feel free in the country of your brothers and sisters: Malawi is your home in Africa，"" said Mutharika.
Chinese Ambassador to Malawi Wang Shiting said in his remarks his government would continue to support Malawi and Africa.
Wang noted that the nine-year Malawi-China cooperation had benefited Malawians in the area of infrastructural development in all the geographical corners of the country.
The ambassador described Malawi-China bilateral relationship as ""comprehensive"" and that as ""brothers""， the two countries would go to the highest level on the cooperation scale.
""Malawi and China has a comprehensive cooperation: we are brothers."" Said Wang. ""China's promises to Malawi and Africa in general are serious and we will honor our promises.""
The ceremony of launching the sports facility， which was named Bingu National Stadium because it was Late Malawi president Bingu Mutharika's request to the Chinese government to construct an international stadium for the southern African country， was spiced up by a number of activities.
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