The Sino-German Workshop on “Food and Nutrition – Strategies and Research” was held in Beijing from Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2017, as a major event during the “3rd Sino-German Agricultural Week” (Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2017). It was the second major activity of the DCZ under the broad topic of food and nutrition. The Workshop was jointly organized by the Foreign Economic Cooperation Center (FECC) of the Chinese Minsitry of Agriculture (MOA), the Department of International Cooperation of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAAS) and the Institute of Food and Nutrition Development (IFND) of MOA in cooperation with the German-Sino Agricultural Science & Technology Cooperation Platform. It was sponsored by the Dept. of International Cooperation of MOA and the German-Chinese Agricultural Center (DCZ).
Germany and China are now increasingly dealing with similar issues regarding consumer health protection in the nutritional sector. During the G20 Agricultural Ministers Summit in January 2017 in Berlin, the Chinese Agricultural Minister had brought forward to his German counterpart the idea of carrying out a joint workshop emphasizing nutritional issues.
This Workshop brought together five German scientists from MRI – the German Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and Food, one scientist (via video) from the newly-founded German Federal Centre for Nutrition (BZfE), one from the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) and one from the Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Office (CVUA) Karlsruhe. The ten Chinese speakers were from the Institute of Food and Nutrition Development (IFND) of MOA at CAAS, the Institute of Quality Standard and Testing Technology for Agro-products (IQSTAP) of CAAS, the Institute for Nutrition Sciences, SIBS, of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Faculty of Public Health, Peking University, the National Institute for Nutrition and Health Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Beijing Research Institute for Nutritional Resources. Altogether 110 persons attended the 1 ½ day workshop.
Opening Statements on the first day (Nov. 30th, 2017) were delivered by CAAS Vice President Prof. Dr. WU Kongmin, by Mr. LI Bo, DDG of Department of Science and Education of MOA, Mr. Friedrich Wacker, DDG of Department of International Cooperation of BMEL, and by Mr. Hu Yan’an, DDG of FECC of MOA. Two keynote-presentations dealt with an Overview of the Max Rubner-Institute and the Importance of fruits and vegetables in healthy nutrition, as well as with a Profile of Food and Nutrition Development in China – Achievements and Outlook. The following 16 presentations covered a broad range of topics related to Administrative framework, Nutritional status and Nutrition Policies in Germany and China, to Nutrient content and evaluation of agro-products and food, to Food quality aspects and Stability testing along the entire food value chain, as well as to Authenticity and traceability of food and beverages.
On Day 2 of the Workshop (Dec. 1st), a structured discussion took place at the IFND of MOA at CAAS, first as plenary session, then split into four different groups, with the aim of developing new ideas/options for future joint bilateral research collaborations and finding corresponding partners. These consisted of 1) Food Safety Group, 2) Nutrition Group, 3) Meat Group, 4) Cereals and Plant Group. Prior to the Workshop, the German experts also took part in the “Open Day” of the German-Chinese Agricultural Center (DCZ) on Nov. 29, as well as in the dinner reception.