December 3-7, the CICA
Modern Agricultural Technology and Value Chain
and Workshop, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, supported by
the Department of International Cooperation (DIC) of CAAS and co-organized by
CIAR and AII-CAAS, was held in Beijing.
80 participants from 17
CICA member countries and international organizations took part in the event.
H.E. Ambassador Gu Ziping, Mr. Bulat Zhaksygaliyev from CICA Secretariat and
Dr. Hao Weiping, DDG of the Department of International Cooperation of CAAS and
Dr. Nie Fengying, DDG of CIAR and DDG of AII, CAAS presented at the opening
Lecturers from IFAD,
FAO, DIC-CAAS, CIAR and IARRP-CAAS gave presentations on value chain
development and smart agriculture, covering topics such as inclusive agri-food
value chain for poverty reduction, future smart food and the zero hunger
initiative, China’s agriculture in transition, global food security, nutrition
and poverty status, as well as the science and technology innovation in smart
agriculture in China. Dr. Suhas Wani, former Director of ICRISAT Development
Center chaired a policy dialogue session, where a cooperation proposal put
forward by CIAR was adopted and the Network on Agriculture Value Chain
Development under CICA Regime was signed subsequently.
shared their experience related to the training topics, such as the Saffron
market in Iran and the Agricultural Credit Cooperatives in Turkey, etc. Apart
from in-classroom training, they also paid visits to the Agri-Garden Modern
Agricultural Demonstration Park, the National Gene Bank of Germplasms
Resources, National Agricultural Libaray and the Deqingyuan Ecological Company
in the suburb of Beijin.