Professor Katherine Denby (Academic Director, N8 AgriFood), Steven Banwart (Head of International Engagement N8 AgriFood) and Jonathan Oxley (Operations & Business Development Director, N8 AgriFood) will be attending the Agritech Innovation event at Yangling – a city devoted to agriculture and innovation, where they host one of the two premier events in China on agriculture. The invitation to N8 AgriFood was extended as part of a UKTI/FCO mission to the event, and there are a series of Sino-British events taking place during the week-long event. The Chinese government is committed to investing $450bn in modernising agriculture by 2020, and the specially designated Yangling Hi-Tech Agricultural Demonstration Zone forms a key part of fulfilling this policy mission.
UK-China Yangling Agritech Innovation Event， 5-6 November 2016
The China Rural Technology Development Centre of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the Foreign Affairs Office of the International Cooperation Bureau of Yangling Agricultural Hi-tech Industries Demonstration Zone, China’s largest agritech science park have invited the Science and Innovation Section of British Embassy Beijing and the Agritech Centres of Innovate UK to organise with them a series of events to facilitate UK China collaborations on agri-tech innovations at 23rd China Yangling Agricultural Hi-Tech Fair (CAF) on 5-6 Nov 2016. This fair normally attracts an audience of 1.5 million visitors and hosts over 1700 industry exhibitors. The purpose of these events is to showcase the UK science and innovation capabilities in agri-tech and to map out the key areas for future collaboration while providing partnering opportunities for the industrial and academic stakeholders in both the UK and China. The UK China Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network (SAIN) will also carry out public consultation on the development of the first UK-China Knowledge Sharing and Mutual Learning Platform on Agriculture, Food and Environment. The events are expected to have a large audience of Chinese industry leaders, academics and government officials. The key activities will include:
· UK China Policy Roundtable on Agritech Innovation (5 November)
· UK China Agritech Innovation Forum (6 November 2016)
· China-UK Agritech Business Partnering Event (6 November 2016)
· UK Themed Exhibition (5 – 9 November 2016)