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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July 23, 2019

Knowledge sharing between UK and Chinese fruit farmers

In 23-28 June, the Chinese fruit farmer delegation visited UK to share the knowledge with their British counterparts. The delegation visited three different farms during the mission.  At Black Bird Farm, Dr Oliver Doubleday introduced the modern production of conference pear and gala apple, showed cherry growing, harvesting and grading.  Dr Doubleday also demonstrated the integrated farm management practices such as application of compost for improving soil structure. At Newlands Farm, Mr High Boucher introduced modern apple & pear production, as well as innovative strawberries production in poly tunnels. At AC Goatham, which is the UK’s largest apple and pear producer, the delegation visited different varieties of apple orchards, and Ms Carol Ford showed the delegation the whole process of storing, grading and packing process. The delegation was impressed by the high efficiency of resource (nutrient, water) use, high standard of production and strict quality and safety control. China is modernising its fruit industry and the UK’s experiences are mostly needed. This was the first farmer-to-farmer knowledge-sharing event organised by SAIN. The success of this event provided useful insight for future farmer training and knowledge transfer.

July 04, 2019

Seminar on Catchment Ecosystem Management with Delegation from Chinese Ministry of Water Resources

SAIN seminar on “Soil, Water and Ecosystem Conservation in the UK and China” and field trip to the Wensum DTC project area at Salle Farms was arranged for a delegation from the Department of Soil and Water Conservation of the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources (MWR) on 19-20 June in University of East Anglia. The purpose of the seminar was to share the knowledge between the UK and China on policy, regulation and approaches in catchment ecosystem management. The seminar included presentations from Chaoyong Pu of the MWR on soil, water conservation and ecosystems in China; Rob Davies of Defra who provided an overview of UK policy on water quality and agriculture; James Grischeff of Natural England who explained how government is working with agriculture to improve soils and water and Andrew Lovett who gave a talk on the Wensum DTC work. In the last few years, five delegations have visited the UEA and Wensum DTC study site, included two delegations from Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (in 2013 and 2018), a delegation from Chinese Ministry of Water Resources (in 2019), a delegation from Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (2012), and a delegation from China Agricultural University (in 2017). These have been organised through the UK-China Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network (SAIN). The seminar was chaired by Dr Yuelai Lu, Head of SAIN Secretariat.

July 02, 2019

The 10th UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue held in London, cooperation in agriculture is a priority

The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer and Chinese Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua concluded the 10th UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue on 17 June 2019, in London. The two sides reached a series of new agreements on deepening economic and financial cooperation. Building on this, both sides committed to continue to strengthen the mechanism to support the further development of a “Golden Era” of UK-China relations. The clause 59 of the Policy Outcome outlined the priority areas and mechanisms for agricultural cooperation: 59. Both sides are ready to further strengthen cooperation in rural development, agriculture green development, and farmers’ cooperative organisations. Particularly promoting policy, technology, and personnel exchange in such areas as rural development planning, infrastructure development, agri-tourism and eco-friendly agriculture. Both sides are ready to further strengthen science and technology cooperation in agriculture, with the support of the China-UK Sustainable Agricultural Innovation Network (SAIN) and encourage more agricultural research and educational institutions to conduct collaborative research in advanced agricultural technologies, so as to deliver stronger science and technology support to agricultural development. The other agriculture related outcomes include: both sides welcome the signing of the protocol for the export of UK beef to China, with a view to approving beef export to China by the end of 2019; China agrees to send experts to the UK to carry out technical exchanges on scrapie by autumn 2019, in order to study and formulate evaluation criteria for ban-lifting on UK lamb exports; both sides agree to continue to promote the lifting of the Avian Influenza ban on British poultry and poultry products; both sides welcomes the recent approval and registration of UK pork plants, and look forward to further approval of qualified UK […]


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