Professor Wang Hanzhong, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) visited the Thünen Institute (TI) on July 11, 2017 in Braunschweig with five CAAS colleagues.
The background of the visit reflects the efforts of CAAS to cope with agricultural challenges through a stronger international cooperation. Germany is in the focus of the search for research partners.
CAAS and TI are already cooperating in some fields, especially China is integrated in some areas of so called agri benchmark (Beef and Sheep, Pig, Cash Crop), but the expansion of the network in China would significantly improve the analytical power of analyzes. The core idea of agri benchmark is to collect country data with internationally standardized methods on various production systems, their profitability, framework conditions and market perspectives, secondly to analyze them and to access, in return, the data of all participating countries.
Vice President Wang Hanzhong and Stefan Lange, research coordinator at TI, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutes. The agreement is of great importance, especially for the Chinese side, as a basis for future bilateral agricultural research activities. The conclusion of the agreement was actively supported by the German-Chinese Agricultural Center (DCZ).
For detailed information, please see the press release of TI here.