Animal health focus included in new FAO/China agreement

A commitment to strengthen cooperation on technology information and experience transfer has been agreed between the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS).

The new agreement, which covers a range of crop production technologies, pest and soil management and animal health issues, is designed to increase the sharing of resources between countries.

Chinese vice minister of agriculture and CAAS president, Jiayang Li, and FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva signed the agreement at a ceremony held at FAO’s headquarters in Rome.

“Through this expanded collaboration with FAO, CAAS will be able to contribute with its experience and expertise to solving the problems of world food insecurity and improving food safety in a sustainable way,” said Jiayang Li.

“We are ready to share our knowledge and ideas with other countries, including expertise in hybrid technologies to improve rice yields and disease management of crops and animals.”

As part of the agreement, FAO and CAAS will work together to improve agricultural mechanization, bioenergy, development, water management, irrigation, resilience strategies, market analyses and food security information systems.

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