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New Chapter Unveiled in China-Norway Agricultural S&T Cooperation

Source: Department of International Cooperation

2017-09-22 04:50

Prof. Wan Jianmin, Vice President of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) attended the second meeting of China-Norway Joint Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation and the Forum on China-Norway Cooperation on Arctic Agricultural Climate Change and Agriculture Innovation from August 27th to September 1st, 2017. At the witness of Prof. Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology (MOST); Mr. Wang Min, Chinese Ambassador to Norway , and Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Norway's Minister of Education and Research. Prof. Wan Jianmin and Nils Vagstad, Director General of Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) jointly signed MOU on Agricultural Science and Technology Cooperation. This document identifies priorities and mechanisms for the bilateral cooperation on agricultural science and technology innovation and highlights establishment of platforms and supporting joint research in the next three years.

During the events, Prof. Wan Jianmin systematically introduced CAAS’ development strategies during the 13th Five-Year Plan period, and its priorities for international cooperation, actions to implement the “Belt and Road” initiative and future development plans. He said, with the support of Ministries of Agriculture, Science and Technology, and Funding organizations from both countries, CAAS has made fruitful cooperation with Norwegian counterparts in many areas including plant protection, soil and fertilizer, food safety, which laid solid foundation in terms of talents, projects and platforms.

Prof. Wan held talks with Nils for exchanging views on the cooperation models, jointly establishing platforms on arctic agriculture research and strengthening cooperation on such areas as evaluation and utilization of crop germplasm resources, sharing use of arctic gene bank, exploring into the changing rules of animal and plant diseases and insect pests in the arctic environment, reducing the use of fertilizer and pesticides, agricultural information technology and food safety. They also communicated on joint application for Horizon 2020 on horticulture, efficient use of fertilizer and pesticide and food safety. Prof. Wan noted that cooperation on agricultural science and technology is among the prioritized areas in the Action Plan on S&T Innovation Cooperation between MOST and Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. Both sides should seize this opportunity to improve the level and quality of bilateral cooperation and play bigger role in the multilateral cooperation to serve the agricultural development of both countries and the global food security.

By Guo Ying