Vietnam vows to help Africa nations ensure food security and sustainable development by dispatching there more farming and aquaculture experts, Ambassador to South Africa Le Huy Hoang has stated.

He informed delegates at a joint discussion session in Cameroon’s Yaounde capital on May 5 that Vietnam’s agriculture project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency has produced positive results in Africa.

The discussion was part of the May 3-5 first ministerial follow-up meeting to review the realisation of commitments made at the fifth Tokyo International Conference on Development (TICAD-5).

Thanks to the support of over 400 Vietnamese farming experts, the rice output in some African nations has tripled from 2 tonnes to 6 tonnes per ha. Vietnam is willing to spread the pilot model to other regional countries, Hoang said.

He also voiced that Vietnam hopes for stronger cooperation with Japan and members of the 2013 - 2017 Yokohama action plan. Adopted at the TICAD-5 last June, the plan focuses on assisting Africa in improving its people’s living standards based on agriculture after 2015.

The follow-up meeting reached a consensus on bolstering the TICAD and South-South cooperation frameworks, in a bid to assist the continent in agriculture, poverty reduction, business climate improvement, women and youth empowerment and security issues.-VNA