South Korean rice. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
South Korea could be viewed as a favorable ally in Africa as the nation touts its rice growing expertise across a continent dominated by China’s influence, according to the nation’s agriculture and food minister.
Seoul is pledging financial support to African nations that agree to cultivate 150 hectares of rice paddies with South Korean varieties, and 10 countries including Senegal and Kenya have committed to the offer so far, said Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Chung Hwang-keun. He plans to showcase the plan to more leaders from the continent at a summit in South Korea in May.