The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) held a meeting with offices of agriculture-related international organizations in China on March 31, 2021.
At the meeting, seven research centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) along with the China Center of the Centers for Applied Bioscience International (CABI) briefed respective accomplishments in 2020 and workplans for 2021. The representatives from participating research institutes also exchanged views on One CGIAR, United Nations Food Systems Summit and other issues.
Despite the shock of COVID-19, the CAAS and the offices of international organizations in China have conducted good cooperation with fruitful results over the past year. Funded by the joint platforms set up within CAAS by international organizations, up to 24 projects were approved with the amount of research grant by RMB 27.52 million. More than 1100 pieces of germplasm were introduced into China, 212 co-authored papers by Chinese and foreign scientists were published, and nearly 20 academic exchange events were held. With these efforts, productive results were achieved in approval of projects and additional joint projects, the introduction of germplasm, advancement of research platforms, training and academic exchanges of scientists, and the commercialization of technology achievements
The meeting called the offices of international organizations in China to better serve the role of bridges, leveraging more resources to further cooperation between China and international organizations and expanding influence of such sound cooperation.
More than 20 representatives attended the meeting, including those from MARA Department of International Cooperation, CAAS Department of International Cooperation, the CGIAR China Office and the CABI China Center.