3 May 2013
As UK co-chair for Working Group 4 on Circular Agriculture, Laurence Smith from CeDEP attended the third governing board meeting of the China-UK Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network (SAIN), which was held in Beijing on 15-16 April, 2013. The Meeting was co-chaired by Niu Dun, MOA Vice Minister and Professor Ian Boyd, the Chief Scientific Adviser of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Niu said that the meeting was an important event to strengthen China-UK cooperation in sustainable agriculture in the context of the current global food and agriculture situation. Ian agreed with Niu and pledged to work together with China to make the best use of SAIN to advance new progress in agricultural exchange and cooperation.The meeting discussed a number of topics including SAIN's new working model, the plan for introducing multiple financing channels, the strategy of involving the private sector in the mechanism, and stepping up policy influence of SAIN. The Meeting also reviewed and adopted the workplan for SAIN in 2013 which will include a new project on nutrient management and control of diffuse water pollution that will involve CeDEP researchers.