PRC Fund Knowledge Sharing Webinar Series: Developing Productive, Sustainable and Resilient Agriculture for Food Security: The PRC’s Experience
Webinar 3: Transformation to Sustainable and Resilient Agriculture

Description

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) feeds the largest population in the world, a task fraught with many challenges. Investments in agriculture together with institutional reforms have secured a stable food supply. The PRC made a remarkable achievement in expanding agriculture production by more than 5 times in three decades through new technologies, investment in infrastructure, mechanization, increased chemical use and subsidies that focused on increasing food production. The PRC also succeeded in connecting farmers with markets and developing food value chains with strong private sector engagement and innovative technologies, such as the digitalization of food supply chains through e-commerce platforms.

The risk of food insecurity is aggravated by climate change that leads to more frequent droughts and floods, causing reductions in agriculture production. The PRC is also facing natural resource degradation and water shortages due to intensive agriculture. Recognizing the importance of environmental sustainability and climate resilience to ensure long-term food security, the PRC has been increasing its efforts to adopt a more balanced approach between production systems and the underpinning natural and human resources to build resilience and better absorb environmental, climatic, and economic shocks.

In partnership with the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, ADB is supporting the PRC’s shift to sustainable and resilient food systems and integrated rural development to achieve carbon neutrality and environmental sustainability while generating more economic opportunities in disadvantaged rural areas. The current state of food security and agriculture in Asia and the Pacific is revealing the vulnerability of food systems. The experience of the PRC in developing productive, sustainable, and resilient agriculture provides lessons for many ADB developing member countries (DMCs) facing common development challenges.

Webinar #3: Transformation to sustainable and resilient agriculture

The RRC has lifted more than 850 million of the rural population out of extreme poverty. This is the result of rapid growth in the agricultural sector, following investments and the implementation of economic reforms in the 1970s. Agricultural production grew 5-fold in three decades. The PRC is also at the forefront of efforts to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Despite remarkable achievements, the agricultural sector in the PRC has been facing many challenges, including natural resources degradation, insufficient water quantity and quality, soil erosion, and many environmental problems due to unsustainable farming practices. Climate change impacts, with more frequent droughts and floods, have intensified the pressure in agricultural production and food security.

Transformation of agriculture and food systems is a key to tackle these challenges, achieve environmental sustainability, and ensure long-term food security in PRC. The PRC has been increasing its effort to adopt a more balanced approach between production systems and the natural and human resources to build more resilient food systems that withstand environmental, climatic, and economic shocks. Together, the PRC and ADB have been supporting initiatives that promote rural revitalization, nature-based solutions, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and green financing for private sector engagement to achieve carbon neutrality, ensure sustainability, protect vulnerable people, and ensure a smooth transition from traditional small holders to modern agriculturalists.

In this third webinar, we will hear more about PRC’s experiences and lessons learned to ensure a smooth transition to a resilient, equitable and sustainable modern agriculture.

Objectives

  • Presents the experience of the PRC in developing productive, sustainable, and resilient agriculture
  • Support the process of poverty reduction, regional cooperation for DMCs in Asia and the Pacific.
  • Support cross-regional knowledge sharing between the PRC and other DMCs to enhance food security in the region through productive, sustainable, and resilient agriculture development
  • Promote peer-to-peer learning within the Asia-Pacific region.

Target participants

  • ADB staff
  • MDBs
  • Food and agriculture professionals
  • Interested public
  • Investors and corporations 
  • PRC National Development and Reform Commission

Resource speakers

Moderator

  • Ms. Marzia Mongiorgi Lorenzo, Principal Economist, East Asia Regional Department, ADB

Opening remarks

  • Mr. Zhang Lubiao, Director General of Foreign Economic Cooperation Center, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, People’s Republic of China
  • Mr. Thomas Panella, Director, Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Division, East Asia Regional Department, ADB  

Keynote presentation

  • Dr. Shenggen Fan, Chair Professor and Dean, Academy of Global Food Economics and Policy, People’s Republic of China

Discussants

  • Ms. Michiko Katagami, Principal Natural Resources and Agricultural Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB
  • Mr. Liu Dong, Director of Smart Environment Center, Tongji University of China, People’s Republic of China
  • Mr. Martin Lemoine, Principal Investment Specialist, Private Sector Operations Department, ADB
  • Mr. Yu Ping, CEO, Jiangsu Tianzow Husbandry Company, People’s Republic of China
  • Dr. Iskandar Abdullayev, Deputy Director Two of CAREC Institute

Closing remarks

  • Ms. Marzia Mongiorgi Lorenzo, Principal Economist, East Asia Regional Department, ADB

How to register

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Event organizers/partners

Asian Development Bank

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