On June 3, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) jointly hosted the 2020 China and Global Agricultural Policy Forum and the launch of the China Agricultural Sector Development Report and the Global Food Policy Report in Beijing.
At the forum, CAAS Vice President Mei Xurong released the China Agricultural Sector Development Report 2020. Based on the 2019 version, the report provides an overview of the macroeconomic environment and the status of agriculture in China and across the world, and assesses the competitiveness of China’s agricultural sector from three perspectives - total factor productivity, international trade and production costs. It also contains in-depth analyses of hot topics, including the impact of the pandemic on agriculture and farmers’ income.
Representatives from international organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Development Programme (WFP) also attended the event. For the first time, the forum was webcast live in Chinese and English to the whole world. More than 4,000 experts and scholars from agricultural research agencies and higher education institutions in China watched it live online.