An exchange programme for young farmers from the EU and China will encourage the sharing of best practice in sustainable farming.
Commissioner Phil Hogan and Han Changfu, Minister of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China, signed a joint statement in Brussels on 21 April 2017 launching an EU-China project on capacity building for young professional farmers and agricultural professionals.
The aim of the project is to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the area of agriculture and rural development between the EU and China, providing an opportunity for young farmers and agricultural professionals from both sides see how they each rise to the challenges of their respective farming sectors. The joint EU-China statement.
Speaking at the launch event, Phil Hogan said: "In both Europe and China – and indeed anywhere else in the world – we need to encourage the next generation of young farmers and rural entrepreneurs to create a food and farming sector fit for the 21st century. I welcome this opportunity to strengthen the already positive and constructive relations between the EU and China in this area which I saw during my visit there last year." The exchange programme is part of the broader cooperation between the EU and China on agriculture and rural development which began in 2012.
The project will focus especially on sustainable farming techniques and environmental practices. Through a series of study tours the participants will have the chance to learn from each other's experience in this area; this will then be translated into recommendations on sustainable farming to be shared with the wider farming and rural community, and with policy makers. The project recommendations will also be shared at a final conference to be organised in China end of 2018.
The project will be funded jointly by China and the EU. The Centre for International Cooperation Services of the Ministry of Agriculture will manage the project for China, while on the EU side the project will be implemented through the Policy Support Facility of the EU's Partnership Instrument, which is designed to promote the Union's strategic interests worldwide by reinforcing its external strategies, policies and actions.
21 April 2017