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 Publications
Brief analyses, studies and policy briefs looking into current topics of the agricultural sector in China and Germany.
DCZ Smart Agriculture Website
Learn about the perspectives of political decision-makers, entrepreneurs and farmers on smart agriculture.
On the occasion of the China visit of the German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Ms Julia Klöckner, the 2019 Sino-German Agribusiness Conference was held on 14 June in Kunlun Hotel, Beijing. The conference organized by the DCZ team was jointly sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) and the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). [...]
On 29 May 2019, the annual Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of the Sino-German Agricultural Centre (DCZ) took place to review the progress of the DCZ in the past year and to discuss and approve the work plan for the coming project year. [...]
At the occasion of the visit by the German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, HE Ms. Julia Klöckner, the DCZ organizes the Sino-German Agribusiness Conference 2019 on 14 June 2019 in Beijing, Kunlun Hotel.
The Sino-German Agribusiness Conference serves as a platform that facilitates exchange of experiences and lessons on topics addressed by the DCZ between German and Chinese companies and business associations as well as with political decision-makers and researchers.
This year about 200 participants representing MARA and BMEL, Chinese and German agricultural and food industry, entrepreneurs, academic and research institutions are expected to attend the event which includes
- Keynote speeches by high-level representatives on the background and status of rural development in Germany and China
- Presentations on the cooperation on sustainable development of environmentally friendly animal husbandry
- Cases of contributions to sustainable agricultural development
- Panel discussion “Who learns what from whom?”
For more information please see the Agenda.
Reports and presentations of the Conference will be available here shortly after the event.
On May 19, Eva Sternfeld, on behalf of DCZ, participated in the opening ceremony of the 9th Beijing International Urban Agricultural Science &Technology Festival, which was organized on the occasion of the National Science & Technology Week (May 19-26). [...]
On May 15, 2019, on invitation of CAAS, DCZ short-term expert Dr. Carsten Hoffmann, a soil and data scientist at the Research Platform “Data” of the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), gave a workshop about “Smart Farming: Tools for digitization and data management” at the Institute for Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning” for scientists and PhD researchers at CAAS. [...]
DCZ hosts a Meeting with a Delegation from the Saxony State Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture at the German Embassy in Beijing
A meeting with a high-level delegation from Saxony, Germany, was successfully held on 22 March 2019 at the German Embassy in Beijing. The meeting was jointly hosted by the German Embassy in Beijing and the Sino-German Agricultural Centre (DCZ). Headed by Dr. Thomas Schmidt, Saxony State Minister of the Environment and Agriculture, the delegation was comprised of 19 participants, among them members of the Saxony State Parliament, officials from the ministry, CEOs and general managers of agricultural, food and agro-trade companies from the Federal State of Saxony [...]
On 5 March 2019, the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association VDMA China Representative Office hosted an Agricultural Machinery China Management Meeting (CMM) in Qingdao, Shandong Province. Altogether, 41 participants representing 21 international agricultural machinery companies respectively from Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, etc., attended the one-day meeting. At the invitation of the chief representative of VDMA in China, Dr. Jürgen Ritter, German Managing Director of the Sino-German Agricultural Centre (DCZ), and Prof. Liu Yonggong, DCZ advisor for agri-business cooperation and professor at the China Agricultural University, attended the meeting and presented the work of the DCZ [...]
Between February 26 and March 1, 2019 the 24th expert meeting on Sino-German Agricultural Research Collaboration was held in Hangzhou. The collaboration between the science and research divisions of the agricultural ministries of the two countries was established in 1978 and since 1981 regular bi-annual meetings have been held. The successful collaboration resulted so far in the financial support of 550 bilateral projects in agricultural sciences (this included funding of whole projects, workshops and conferences as well as travel grants). This year’s delegation on German side included Dr. Hartmut Stalb, Director for Research, Operational Coordination and Information Technology at the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Dr. Ursula Monnerjahn-Karbach [...]
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), the international conference focussing on the future of global agri-food industry, was held in Berlin from 17th to 18th January, 2019. On January 18, the Sino-German Agricultural Centre (DCZ) that is a project implemented by IAK Agrar Consulting GmbH and the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) in the context of the bilateral cooperation programme of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) co-organized two events. The expert panel “Going digital against the drought. New technologies and challenges in their implementation” was organized in cooperation with the German Agribusiness Alliance (GAA) and IAMO. Following the opening remarks by [...]
As the central annual event of the Sino-German Agricultural Centre (DCZ) the 4th Sino-German Agricultural Week (DCAW) was successfully held from 26 to 28 November 2018 in Beijing. The event is jointly sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) and German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and was organized jointly with the […]