About the Project
The Sino-German Agricultural Centre (DCZ) is a joint initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (MARA).
Recent developments in China with relevance to Sino-German cooperation in the agricultural sector and current DCZ activities!
Latest DCZ Publication
NEW: Read about the Chinese seed sector strategy!
DCZ Smart Agriculture Website
Learn about the perspectives of political decision-makers, entrepreneurs and farmers on smart agriculture.
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People's Republic of China (MARA)
The political leadership and funding support of the DCZ lies with the MARA together with the German BMEL. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (MARA) is an executive agency of the State Council. Areas of responsibility include crop production, animal husbandry, fishery, agricultural reclamation, township and village enterprises, feed industry and others.
Foreign Economic Cooperation Center, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, PR China
In 2015, the Beijing headquarters of DCZ were set up in the offices of the Foreign Economic Cooperation Center (FECC). FECC is the Chinese implementing partner of DCZ.
FECC (and its China-EU Agricultural Technology Center) was established in 1984. It is a government-affiliated institution of director-general level under the Ministry of Agriculture an Rural Affairs (MARA) that is responsible for the agricultural foreign economic cooperation.
The guiding principle of FECC is to promote modern agriculture to ensure food security, and to take responsibility for promoting agricultural diplomacy through the coordination of international and domestic markets and resources. It plays a leading role in pursuing the “going global” and “bringing in” strategies in opening up, establishing agricultural multilateral and bilateral cooperation mechanisms. It undertakes activities to improve agricultural technology and the development ability in developing counties by introducing Chinese enterprises, talents, technologies and trades options to the global market.
In 2014, FECC has been recognized as a model for a south-south cooperation research center by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
CAAS is the Chinese implementing partner of the scientific component of the DCZ.
The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) was established in 1957. It is China’s national agricultural research organization, directly affiliated to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA). The CAAS has a strategic task of serving nation-wide agricultural and rural development and empowering farmers with science and technology. Its major mandates focus on strategic and applied research solving key scientific problems, which are of national or regional importance.
The CAAS has about 10,000 staff members and 42 research institutes (incl. 8 co-hosted institutes) located in 17 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the Central Government.
The CAAS has established extensive international cooperation relationships with more than 40 countries and international organizations, and plays a strong leadership role in China’s collaboration network.