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Action plan for UK-China cooperation on food security signed on 19
ACTION PLAN FOR UKCHINA COOPERATION ON FOOD SECURITY ACTION PLAN FOR UKCHINA COOPERATION ON FOOD SECURITY I. Background Delivery of the Action Plan will be through existing frameworks Global food security was raised as a priority concern by the (e.g. the Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network) and new heads of government of China and the United Kingdom during projects and partnerships as appropriate. The timeline for the their meeting in Beijing on August 28, 2008 following the Action Plan will be 20092011, with possible extension subject international food crisis. This mutual concern translated into a to new decisions and Ministerial agreement. commitment to accelerate bilateral cooperation on food security, including: agricultural research; improving food quality and food II. Major Objectives safety; promoting agricultural trade, and UKChina joint Improve global food security and advance efforts to achieve the cooperation in sustainable agriculture and fisheries in Africa. UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Achievement of these objectives will be aided by: According to the UN, food security exists when all people, at • Creating a platform for dialogue and cooperation on all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe agriculture and food security, including market access and and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food trade opportunities, with a view to promoting exchanges on preferences for an active and health life. The livelihoods of policies, knowledge, research and information; 75% of the world’s poor will continue to depend on agriculture for the foreseeable future, whilst volatile food prices are likely • Exploring new ways of cooperation and innovative channels to make problems of hunger and poverty worse for urban and to facilitate knowledge transfer and mutual learning and rural people. understanding on food, agriculture and fisheries issues between China and the UK; This jointly developed Action Plan sets out the work plan under • Establishing a trilateral partnership with selected African this heads of government Summit agreement. The Ministry of countries with a focus on areas such as agricultural research, Agriculture on the Chinese side, and the UK Department for policy dialogue and knowledge transfer, wherever possible International Development (DFID) on the UK side, will lead in building on existing structures such as the Comprehensive taking forward this Action Plan. Progress made on the Action Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) and Plan will be reported to the annual Prime Ministerial Summit. the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). III. Governance, Management and Reporting IV. Funding This Action Plan will build on relevant existing work and The UK and Chinese governments will provide matching funds mechanisms. It will be governed by the threetiered management to support all activities in this Action Plan. The funding estimate structure, comprising: for these activities from 2009 onwards through to 2010/2011 is £3.4 million. Contributions will be split between both the UK • Annual ministerial exchanges which will review progress and Chinese side. More funding, including private sector made, and determine the orientation and priorities for the sponsorship is needed to meet the initial estimate of £3.4 million. following year; • Senior steering group which will provide strategic oversight V. Details of Cooperation on the work, approve jointprojects and organise and Cooperation under the Action Plan will focus on: coordinate meetings of the working groups; (i) Economic and trade cooperation in agriculture; • Working groups, or networks which will be established on a (ii) Agricultural and food security related research; demand driven basis to facilitate and coordinate work and communication between UK and Chinese officials. (iii) Trilateral cooperation in selected African countries. The ChinaUK Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network The Action Plan will be reviewed semiannually by the Senior (SAIN) Governing Board will provide an additional platform Steering Group, and updated annually to reflect the latest for policy dialogue and dissemination of key research findings. needs. A decision will be made on its continuation by ministers The focus of SAIN will be on agricultural environmental in their annual exchange meeting. sustainability, and the detailed cooperation proposals will be put forward by the four SAIN Working Groups. It is expected that all three working groups/networks will meet physically or virtually through video or teleconferences on a needs basis, and report on progress to the Senior Steering Group. 1. PROMOTING ECONOMIC AND TRADE COOPERATION IN AGRICULTURE 1.1 Objectives • The UK’s policies, laws and standard system regarding To support the UK and Chinese economies by facilitating market food product quality and safety; access, trade and investment, technical assistance, technology • Standards and information regarding fishery and land transfer and policy cooperation in food quality and safety; animal product production, processing and circulation; agricultural trade in plant, animal and agricultural products. • Global GAP accreditation system, ways of operation, 1.2 Outputs and trends; 1.2.1. Promoting collaborative research on the major policies/ • Research, development and application on aquatic measures and their implementation with regard to safe and high product traceability system. quality food production in China and the UK. 1.2.4. Cooperation and exchange on rapid alert systems for 1.2.2. Conducting cooperation on risk assessment methodologies, food safety risks. management practices and policy support for the management of banned additives, pesticide and veterinary drug residues, 1.3 Working mechanisms heavy metals and microbial contamination. A working group or network on economic and trade cooperation 1.2.3. Conducting cooperation on accreditation and standards. for agricultural trade will be established: Strengthened cooperation and exchange on aquatic and land • Lead UK Partner(s): animal product quality and safety, possibly including: UK Trade & Investment and International AgriTechnology • Fishery administration, inspection and testing, Centre (IATC) to lead on trade and commercial aspects; and standardisation; UK Science and Innovation to lead on science aspects; Food Standards Agency to lead on food safety standards and • Experiences regarding regulations, operations and policies; and DEFRA to lead on accreditation and standards. workflow of industry associations and fishery cooperative organizations; • Lead China Partner(s): Officials from MoA, other relevant departments, bureaus • The content of EU’s common policies, laws and and organisatons. standards including Community guides for food and feed hygiene; 2. AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD SECURITY RELATED RESEARCH 2.1 Objectives 2.2.2. Cooperation on aquaculture and fisheries To promote human wellbeing, alleviate poverty and minimize management, including: waste by developing sustainable ecosystem management • Demonstration projects (e.g. Dalian and Shenzhen), approaches for safe and secure food production; to provide to research the effectiveness of fisheries management policymakers with foresight and relevant knowledge in mitigating, systems such as sciencebased marine enhancement adapting to and capitalizing on climate and environmental approaches, to ensure sustainable fisheries development; change; to protect human, plant and animal health by predicting how diseases, pests, hazards and other environmental factors • Continued cooperation with the Scottish Association will alter under environmental change scenarios, assessing risks for Marine Science (SAMS) and other British scientific faced by the society and determining what management actions research institutes, with a focus on aquaculture and need to be taken; to accelerate research on food and agriculture diverse nutrition fishery development, to promote policies and provide reference to policymakers in the UK and sustainable development of global fisheries. China. Running through all of these is a commitment to move to better climate resilient agricultural development. 2.2.3. Cooperation on the development of improved crop lines and traits: 2.2 Outputs • Research on stress tolerance, and pest and disease 2.2.1. Jointresearch projects conducted under the ChinaUK resistance in crops; Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network (SAIN), under its • Cereal improvement (including wheat, rice, maize, four working groups on: barley, potatoes and other vegetables), and oil (i) Soil nutrient management and agricultural crops improvement; nonpoint source pollution control; • Improving food quality and ensuring full traceability (ii) Bioenergy and waste recycling innovation, along the length of the feed and food chain; (including also fundamental research and assessment • Information exchange related to GMO risk of large algae bioenergy); management policies and laws, security and risk (iii) Climate change mitigation and adaptation in the assessment and management, detection techniques. agricultural sector; (iv) Circular economy, lowcarbon economy and lifecycle analysis. 2.2.4. Cooperation on germplasm/seed maintenance and 2.2.7. Collaboration on the ‘Global Food and Farming Futures’ exchange. Promoting/expanding cooperation efforts of UK study commissioned by the British government, which will Kew Gardens, Royal Horticultural Society and Genetic investigate how a global population of 9 billion people can be fed Resources Unit Warwick University. Promoting UK research safely and sustainably in 2050. A prestudy will be conducted excellence and expertise in connection to Shanghai Expo. focusing on productivity gains from agricultural research in China. 2.2.5. To promote sustainable ecosystem management 2.2.8. Series of RCUK Summer Schools in Translational Plant approaches for safe and secure high quality food production Science, and Chips, Computers and Crops. Food Security and water supply, including: Workshop on UKChina research collaboration. • Surveillance, monitoring and forecasting to detect 2.2.9. Collaboration on climate change mitigation and phytopathogen with ELISA technique; adaptation between the UK and China and on droughtand • Monitor variation in the content of nutrient, heavy flood resistance varieties of crops. metals, microorganism, pesticide and colloid in the soil, and provide qualitative and quantitative forecast; 2.3 Working mechanisms • Monitor ecological environment, such as migration A working group/network on agricultural and food security and distribution of pests and their predators in different related research will be established: seasons, cooperation and interaction between • Lead UK Partner(s): plantation and cultivation; DEFRA, DFID, UK Science and Innovation, Research • Food monitoring, mainly including research on rapid Councils, IATC and Lancaster University. and accurate detection of food quality. • Lead China Partner(s): Officials from MoA, other relevant departments, bureaus 2.2.6. UKChina Science Bridge: Joint research project to and organisatons. understand the impacts and interactions of natural environments, domestic use and food production on water availability and quality. 3. TRILATERAL COOPERATION BETWEEN CHINA, THE UK AND AFRICA. The UK and China will develop trilateral cooperation in 3.2 Outputs sustainable agriculture and fisheries with relevant African 3.2.1. UKChinaAfrica trilateral trainings and workshops on countries. This cooperation will be distinct but will build on sustainable agriculture and fisheries and food security. the UK and China’s own bilateral programmes in Africa, and 3.2.2. Joint technical visits to selected African countries. will work with multilateral agencies in Africa. 3.2.3. Training programs toward African countries on effective The UK and China are determined to involve fully African aquaculture development, including research and knowledge partners in the design, implementation and delivery of trilateral transfer of Chinese experience in aquaculture and processing cooperation. To achieve this, a preplanning meeting of the techniques. ChinaUKAfrica agricultural cooperation conference was held 3.2.4. Conduct a joint study of UK and Chinese distant water in Beijing from June 1 – 4, 2009, with a view to prepare for the fishing activities and their impact on African countries. ChinaUKAfrica Conference on Agricultural Cooperation to be held in January 2010. 3.3 Working mechanisms • China and UK build on existing mechanisms such as 3.1 Objectives CAADP and AGRA Increasing food security (production, access, consumption and utilization) in subSaharan African countries. 4. SUMMARY OF PROPOSED COLLABORATIONS AND ACTIVITIES. 1. Economic and trade promotion in agriculture: UK and China will 2. Agricultural and Food Security Related Research: This aspect of continue to increase opportunities for research, exchanges, the work programme will take full advantage of the workshops and official UKChinese delegations in this area, Sustainable Agricultural Innovation Network (SAIN) as a and be systematic about increasing cooperation as follow platform for collaboration, to make active headways in up activity to promote economic and trade cooperation. joint research in agriculture and fishery. 3. Trilateral cooperation between China, UK and Africa: Collaboration would include capacity building activities such as workshops and study tours. SIGNATORIES Mr Gao Hongbin Vice Minister for Agriculture People’s Republic of China Mike Foster, Minister Department for International Development United Kingdom Lord Davies of Oldham Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs United Kingdom London, 19th October 2009
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