Policies to Enhance Agricultural Innovation & Productivity: Focus on China – workshop presented by OECD & China’s Ministry of Agriculture

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Michael Shyer, 2013 GHI policy intern

Michael Shyer

The Global Harvest Initiative is fortunate to host Michael Shyer as a policy intern from September through December 2013.  Michael attends Cornell University, where he is enrolled in the China and Asia Pacific Studies program.  He is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, is learning Mandarin, and is pursuing his interests in Chinese studies, agriculture and ecology, and the intersection of the environment and foreign policy. 

Stay tuned: OECD workshop with GHI and China’s Agricultural Trade Promotion Center of the Ministry of Agriculture

by Michael Shyer, GHI policy intern

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)In Beijing two days from today (October 24), the Global Harvest Initiative and its member companies are excited to be to be participating in a joint workshop hosted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and China’s Agricultural Trade Promotion Center of the Ministry of Agriculture (ATPC-MOA).

This workshop, titled Policies to Enhance Agricultural Innovation and Productivity: Focus on China, will seek to bring together “agricultural policy researchers, Chinese policy makers, Chinese and international business community representatives and OECD member country representatives” to discuss issues related to China’s agricultural future.[1] The Global Harvest Initiative will, with the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), help to represent the business community at the workshop.

GHI 2013 GAP ReportGHI members – DuPont Pioneer, John Deere, and Monsanto – will be sharing their experiences and best practices for encouraging innovation and agricultural productivity growth.  Dr. Margaret Zeigler will also be presenting GHI’s 2013 Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®), which highlights the role of trade in helping China bridge the widening supply-and-demand gap for agricultural products.

The workshop will help foster greater dialogue between China and the OECD countries on agricultural issues. The discussions will be conducted in the context of China’s “Document No. 1,” a central policy directive for the Communist Party of China that has (in recent years) focused on agricultural issues and agricultural modernization. Specifically, the document promotes policies that address the 三农问题 (pronounced “san nong wenti”), or “three rural issues.” These issues include agriculture, rural areas and peasants.

Keep an eye on this space for photos and updates on from the meetings and click here for a draft agenda and links to participants’ presentations.

[1] OECD-China Agenda: http://www.oecd.org/tad/agricultural-policies/Draft%20agenda_version%2016%20October%202013.pdf

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