Over 100 high ranking experts, Government officials and interested public gathered on August 17th, 2017, for a one-day workshop to reflect on the agricultural support policies of China and Germany. The audience was welcomed by Mr. Tang Shengyao, Deputy Director General of the Department of International Cooperation of the P.R.C. Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and by Mr. Axel Wildner, the new Agricultural Counselor at the German Embassy on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Agriculture (BMEL).
Dr. Ye Xingqing, Director General of the Research Department of Rural Economy at the Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC) gave a key note speech on â€œShifts and Policy Trends of Chinaâ€™s Agricultural Developmentâ€.
In-depth analyses were presented by Dr. Dietrich Guth, Political Director (German side) of the DCZ, Dr. Zhao Changbao, Deputy Director General of Department of Sectoral Policy and Law of MoA and Prof. Dr. Reiner Doluschitz, University of Hohenheim, Mr. Ding Xiangyong, Consultant of the Division of Subsidies and Finance Department of MoA and Dr. Heinrich Hagel of the Food Security Center of the University of Hohenheim. The was ample room for the audience to raise questions and interact with the experts during the subsequent Q&A session and a panel discussion.
There was consensus that support to farmers in a risky natural and market environment and rapidly changing framework conditions is a continuous need in both China and Europe to reach increasingly diverse goals, not only on food security and farmersâ€™ income, but also on the sustainable use of natural resources, high quality food products and other environmental and social services within a modern society. The lively discussion showed that there is a lot to learn from each other when it comes to the specific aspects, such as high costs of support policies, the different instruments available, costly and complex administration and measuring the desired impact on field level.
This workshop was the third and final event of the DCZ-APD activities in 2017. During the last six months. Chinese Government officials and high ranking experts from both countries have compared the general approaches and specific instruments supporting farmers financially. The core of this exchange was an intensive study visit to Germany in June 2017, when a Chinese delegation visited the BMEL, the regional agricultural administration of Saarland, several farms and had talks with researchers, agro-business and farmers associations.
As a further output, the findings will be summarized in a policy brief. The German-Chinese Agricultural Center hopes that policy makers on both sides will take the findings into consideration. However, it also became clear that this workshop could only be a starting point for a more in-depth exchange, where DCZ wants to play a supportive role during the second phase of its implementation.
Dr. Guth used his closing remarks looking back on the first implementation phase of the DCZ during the past two years. Many things have been achieved so far, but much more topics of common interest for both countries lie ahead.
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