May 2015 – August 2017
The project aims to:
- act as a central point of contact, information and coordination for bilateral cooperation between Germany and China
The German-Sino Agricultural Center (DCZ) is a joint initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) of the People’s Republic of China. It was founded in March 2015 to provide a central point of contact, information and coordination for bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the agricultural and food sectors. China and Germany need to further increase political willingness, innovative capacity, modernity and resource-efficiency within the agricultural industry in order to create prospects for people in rural areas. China is becoming a progressively more important trading partner for the German agricultural and food sectors.
In June 2015, DCZ ran a workshop in Beijing and Yunnan Province on preventing and controlling the spread of the spotted-wing vinegar fly. Some 40 participants from China and Germany discussed strategies for reducing fruit infestations and harvest losses for fruit and wine growers, and defined areas for future joint research projects on this topic.
November 2015, DCZ held the first Sino-German Agriculture Week, which saw actors from the worlds of policy-making, academia and business with knowledge of the agricultural sector come together for intensive dialogue. The event, the first of its kind, focused on the topic of ‘Soil science and soil conservation’ and drew over 300 participants.