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CATAS President Attends FAO Science and Innovation Forum

Source:CATAS, MARA Date:2022-10-28

At the invitation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Huang Sanwen, President of the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS), attended the FAO Science and Innovation Forum via video conference and delivered remarks as a guest speaker on Oct. 21, 2022. Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, FAO Chief Scientist, attended the opening ceremony and addressed the forum. 

President Huang shared China’s experience in enhancing the resilience of marginal agricultural areas with S&T innovation. He pointed out that CATAS has successfully introduced mango, macadamia nuts, vitis retordii and other specialty crops, along with relevant technologies, to facilitate the integrated management of rocky desertification areas in China. Meanwhile, CATAS has also provided technical assistance regarding tropical agriculture in tropical areas across the globe. 

President Huang added that Chinas breakthroughs in breeding specialty crops (such as vitis retordii) and food crops (such as potatoes) have helped increase farmers income and boost industry development. He stressed that CATAS, as an FAO research and training reference center of tropical agriculture, stands ready to strengthen cooperation with international organizations and relevant institutions, and give full play to CATAS’s S&T strength to increase agricultural productivity in marginal agricultural areas around the world.  

Guests present at the forum were impressed by the ecological and economic benefits of CATAS’s practice. They also expressed appreciation for CATAS’s willingness to boost international cooperation. International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and other institutions expressed their hope to establish partnerships with CATAS on the forum. 

The FAO Science and Innovation Forum was held together with the World Food Forum and the first Hand-in-Hand Investment Forum at FAO headquarters in Rome in a hybrid modality. Over 2,000 participants attended the events in person at the FAO headquarter, with tens of thousands of people around the world participating via video link.  


 President Huang speaking online, Oct. 21, 2022. 


The forum was held in a hybrid modality and broadcast live on the FAO website, Oct. 21, 2022.

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