Tackling food security together

27 February 2014

In their annual policy document released at the beginning of every year the Chinese government identified food security and the rural environment as the top priorities for 2014, with a focus on the development of modern agriculture.

The University of Sydney met with the Chinese Vice-Minister of Agriculture Dr Li Jiayang and members of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences to work on ways to help solve food security challenges.

During his visit to the University Dr Li met with Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence and representatives from the Faculties of Veterinary Science, Agriculture and Environment.

Dr Li also opened the Sydney-based Sino-Australian Joint Laboratory for Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems, announced in March last year.

Professor Alex McBratney, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment said the visit further cemented the University of Sydney's long-standing relationship with China.

"Australia shares common sustainability challenges with China, especially in managing our land and water resources," Professor McBratney said.

"We need to work together to find ways to use water more efficiently and to ensure our soil structure, carbon and nutrients are sustainable. Getting these issues addressed is vital to tackling the bigger challenges of food water and energy security."

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