25-26 May, Rome. Bio Circle. Yang Xiu, Division Chief of the Department of International Cooperation at the Chinese Academy of Agriculutral Sciences explains how Chinese and African agricultural research scientists have a lot to collaborate on: Africa has vast areas of land while China has big food needs.
The 2006 Africa-China summit in Beijing was the start of closer collaboration. The June meeting organised by DFID/UK on UK/Africa/China collaboration marks a new step in prioritizing joint research. But he recognizes that the number of African agricultural research scientists studying in China are still few but his could increase in the near future.