The UK-China Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network (SAIN) is a unique mechanism established by the Chinese and UK Governments in 2008 to provide a coherent framework for carrying out sustainable agriculture cooperation activities. Its objectives are to: (i) stimulate innovative thinking and research on all aspects of sustainable agriculture; (ii) communicate information on sustainable agriculture issues and disseminate best practice to key audiences; and (iii) contribute to global sustainability through wider sharing of expertise between developed and emerging economies. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Knowledge Sharing and Mutual Learning Platform has been established to: (i) support the implementation of UK China cooperation initiatives in agriculture, food and environment sectors; (ii) promote cross-disciplinary collaborations; (iii) enhance communication and engagement amongst existing initiatives and stakeholders to maximize synergies and support policy development; and (iv) foster new cooperative partnerships.

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March 21, 2017

Welcome to UK China Knowledge Sharing and Mutual Learning Platform

The UK China Knowledge Sharing and Mutual Learning Platform (KSMLP) on agriculture, food and environment launched its dedicated website. 

February 01, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May visit CAAS National Agricultural Science and Technology Demonstration Park

  February 1, British Prime Minister Theresa May visited National Agricultural Science and Technology Demonstration Park, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). Mr. Han Changfu, Minister of Agriculture (MOA), Mr. Liu Xiaoming, Ambassador of China to the United Kingdom, Mr. Tang Huajun, member of the Leading Party Group of MOA and President of CAAS, and Mr. Chen Mengshan, Secretary of the Leading Party Group of CAAS accompanied her visit tour at CAAS. May expressed her appreciation for the achievements made by Chinese scientists in the field of high-tech agriculture. She said, both Britain and China are committed to improve crop yields and sustainable agricultural development, and are striving to reduce the impact on the environment in the process of agricultural production. The UK-China Joint Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation was officially launched during the UK-China High Level People to People Dialogue which was held in London in December, 2017. This strategy sets the framework for future cooperation, including an annual Flagship Challenge Programme which will focus on agricultural technologies in 2018. May looked forward to a more practical cooperation in the field of agricultural science and technology between Britain and China under the framework of the Joint Strategy. Han Changfu said that agricultural cooperation is an important part of Sino-British cooperation, and scientific and technological cooperation is a prominent highlight of agricultural cooperation. The Ministry of Agriculture is willing to work together with British counterparts to promote bilateral agricultural cooperation in accordance with the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, in particular by strengthening cooperation in agricultural science and technology innovation, using advanced agricultural technologies to improve farmers’livelihood and create a more beautiful country. […]

February 01, 2018

Prime Minister’s speech in China: 31 January 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May spoke in Beijing about building on our deep and mature ties with China, during her first visit to the country as Prime Minister. In her speech, she concluded that “The UK and China are global partners for the long-term. We are committed to building on our deep and mature ties to promote global peace and prosperity in the 21st century.”

August 17, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for Small Project awards under the Agritech in China: Newton Network+

The Agri-Tech in China: Newton Network+ (ATCNN) will invest £1.3M in support of Small Project and larger Research & Development projects to support the development of innovative solutions to address critical challenges impacting the socio-economic growth of China’s agri-tech and agri-food sectors. ATCNN specifically seeks to translate UK excellence in satellite imaging, remote sensing, smart sensors, robotics and data-intensive science into new solutions for productivity and sustainability in rural China. Small Project Awards will run for up to four months and attract up to £30,000 in total contribution from the ATCNN, at an intervention rate of 80% of total eligible costs. The deadline for applications is 17:00 (BST) 15 September, 2017


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