UNZA Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Luke Mumba, with the leadership of Jilin Agricultural University at the SINO Africa Agricultural Cooperation Conference in Haikou City, China.

The University of Zambia Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Luke Mumba, is in the People’s Republic of China for a series of engagements with cooperating partners covering Jilin Agricultural University (JAU), Hebei University of Economics and Business, the Confucius Institute and Shanghai Jingge Limited.

On 12th December 2017, Prof. Mumba participated in a two-day 4th Conference on China Africa Agricultural Cooperation in Hanan Province, Haikou. As part of this conference, UNZA and JAU entered into a cooperation agreement aimed at developing agricultural technologies to improve people’s lives in Zambia by developing techniques for local village chicken production, edible mushroom production and bee production.

Speaking at the conference symposium on 10 + 10 cooperation of Sino African Agricultural Research Institutes, Prof. Mumba said it was through the Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centre that UNZA and JAU were in a position to implement the trilateral project with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The scope of the trilateral project among the Bill and Melinda Gates, Jilin Agricultural University and the University of Zambia is intended to cover improvements in maize production & productivity, feed processing, village chicken farming, edible mushroom production and is targeted at reaching out to 300 small scale farmers every year over a period of three years.

Prior to this conference, Prof. Mumba held a partnership session in Beijing on 5th December 2017 with prospective strategic partners towards the construction of the Multipurpose Teaching and Learning Centre.

He also held a collaboration meeting with Jilin Agricultural University in Changchun on 6th December 2017 and immediately proceeded to Hebei University of Economics and Business (HUEB) 7th December 2017 where he chaired a Board meeting on the Confucius Institute in Zambia.