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Ethiopian and Chinese Institutions Partner to Nurture Bamboo Industry

ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopian Forestry Development (EFD) has moved to forge a partnership with China’s Nanjing Forestry University to develop the bamboo industry in Ethiopia.

The East African nation has an estimated more than 1.4 million hectares of bamboo forest, the largest in the continent.

The resource, however, remains significantly underutilized. The EFD is forging cooperation with the Chinese research university to develop the bamboo industry..

On Monday, top officials of two institutions held a meeting aimed at accelerating technical cooperation.

The key focus of the meeting was the development of the bamboo industry in Ethiopia.

It also seeks to address the technology needs and gaps of the sector as well as forge collaboration in research and training, per the autonomous government institution.

Further, both parties agreed to work out details of a memorandum of understanding to formalize the cooperation.

The partnership is expected to bring in valuable input from Chinese experience and skill in the field.

China’s bamboo forest area, bamboo accumulation, quality of bamboo products, profits, and exports are among the top in the world.

It has more than 6.67 million hectares of bamboo forests with an annual output value of the bamboo industry projected to exceed 110 billion U.S. dollars by 2025.

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