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 German seed sector and seed policies in Germany!
DCZ Smart Agriculture Website
Learn about the perspectives of political decision-makers, entrepreneurs and farmers on smart agriculture.
The DCZ Team in Beijing
Phase 2 of the Sino-German Agricultural Centre (DCZ) commenced on the 1st of April 2018 and the new international team would like to introduce themselves in this re-constructed DCZ website.
Dr. Jürgen Ritter
German Managing Director (DCZ)
has been in China since 2001 and was involved in the implementation of several cooperation projects between the European Union and China, mainly in the fields of Village Governance and EU-China Policy Dialogues.
Previously Jürgen Ritter worked as lecturer at the Institute of Chinese Studies at University of Tübingen in Germany, spent several years in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and after 17 years in Beijing regards this as his second home.
Advisor Agricultural Policy Dialogue (APD)
has been working in the field of international development cooperation for more than 25 years with an emphasis on Southeast Asia and Central Asia. He is an agricultural engineer by profession complemented by an apprenticeship as a farmer. He has ample experience as program and project manager in international development projects as well as working with the private sector including a brief period in which he operated his own company in Germany and Thailand.
Dr. Eva Sternfeld
Advisor Science Dialogue and S&T Platform
is specialized in issues related to China’s environmental policies and resource economy.
Prior to working with DCZ, Eva Sternfeld was a visiting professor at the Institute for East Asian Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and head of the Center for Cultural Studies on Science and Technology in China of the Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin). Between 2000 and 2008 she has been working as a foreign advisor for the Center of Environmental Education and Communication of the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection in Beijing. She has widely published on issues related to urban/rural development and water management in China.
Prof. Li Yumei
Advisor Agribusiness Dialogue
has over 20 years of experience in agricultural law and policy, environmental law, and Sino-German comparative law. She got her Master degree in Agricultural law from China Agricultural University, and Ph.D. training on Environmental Law from China University of Political Science and Law. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Göttingen from 2005 to 2007, and went to UC Berkeley as a visiting scholar at law school from 2015 to 2016.
Dr. Aihemaitijiang Rouzi
Advisor Agricultural Sustainability
obtained his master’s and Ph.D. from University of Greifswald, KU-Eichstätt and Technical University of Berlin, Germany in the field of Geography. He has been working on numerous research and academic exchange projects between China and Germany funded by NSFC, VolkswagenStiftung, BMBF, DAAD and CSC. His main focus has been sustainable agriculture, agro-economics, alternative crops, ecosystem services and water issues in NW China.
Junior Expert in Agricultural Policy & Sciences
studied Geography and Chinese at Freie Universität Berlin and holds a MSc in Urban Ecosystem Sciences from Technical University of Berlin. In shorter and longer visits over the last ten years she gained some experience in travelling and living in China, e.g. as an intern at Sino-German Nanjing Integrated Center for Earth Science. In her research she specialized in soil science with a focus on sustainable agriculture, energy crops and environmental policies.
has long-term experience with Sino-German cooperation projects before joining DCZ. She assists the project team, especially the team leader in their activities and is responsible for office management and financial matters.