Yokohama, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press) — Japan will help double annual rice production in Africa to 56 million tons by 2030, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday, ahead of the start of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD 7.
At a symposium on the future of African agriculture, held in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Abe stressed that Japan’s carefully managed and patiently continued assistance, as well as Japanese companies’ advanced technical capabilities, will contribute to long-sustained growth of Africa.
The Japanese leader called for reform of the African agriculture industry so that it will be attractive to investors and young workers.
Meanwhile, Abe started a series of separate meetings with a total of about 50 leaders from African nations and international organizations on the sidelines of TICAD 7 in Yokohama.
Ahead of the opening of the three-day conference on Wednesday afternoon, Abe and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, who currently serves as chairman of the African Union, affirmed their cooperation to achieve success at the conference.
The prime minister also had talks with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley.