The Fifth International Agricultural Research Conference was held virtually on Oct. 26, 2021. Wu Kongming, President of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), and Li Jinxiang, China’s Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO), addressed the Conference. Carlos Watson, FAO Representative to China delivered remarks online. CAAS Vice President Sun Tan presided over the opening ceremony.
The Conference was co-hosted by the International Agricultural Research Center and the Department of International Cooperation of the CAAS.
CAAS President Wu Kongming emphasized that in increasing the global presence of agricultural S&T, China should take into consideration of the needs of countries along the routes of the Belt and Road Initiative, follow the principle of “promoting cooperation between research institutes and companies, prioritizing technological innovation, and pushing for practical implementation”. He called for the acceleration of the transfer of competitive agricultural technologies and products to overseas markets to increase the capacity of global food security.
China’s CVO Li Jinxiang stated that positive results have been achieved in agricultural exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries. Under new circumstances, in line with win-win cooperation and innovation-driven development, CAAS should work together with global partners to further international cooperation and research on agriculture, particularly in agricultural S&T, and improve global agricultural governance, contributing to global food security and sustainable development.
Carlos Watson stated that in the post-COVID-19 era, all stakeholders should join hands to cope with hunger and poverty. FAO will work with CAAS and other stakeholders to boost international cooperation in agricultural research, push for the transformation of agricultural and food systems, and work towards the sustainable development goals of “zero poverty” and “zero hunger”.
Nie Fengying, Deputy Director General of the Agricultural Information Institute and Executive Deputy Director General of the Overseas Center of CAAS, shared the latest developments in strategic agricultural research. Seminars on “China-Africa Agricultural Cooperation” and “International Agricultural Trade and Investment” were held during the conference.
More than 3000 participants attended the Conference either in person or via video link, representing Development Cooperation Agency, the General Administration of Customs of China, International Fund for Agricultural Development, the World Food Programme, research institutes and companies.