15 December 2020, China: Eight United Nations (UN) agencies in China jointly held the “Policy Dialogue on COVID-19 and Food Systems: A Look into China’s Experience” in Beijing recently. China’s Chief Veterinary Officer Li Jinxiang attended the conference and shared China’s key measures and successful experience in combating COVID-19 and safeguarding food security. He also made proposals on deepening agricultural cooperation between China and UN agencies.
Li said that facing the sudden strike of the COVID-19 pandemic, China has done a great job in coordinating economic and social development and epidemic control. Efforts were made to secure stable production and supply of food and key agro-products, and to mitigate impacts of the pandemic and natural disasters. As a result, China registered an annual grain output of 650 million tons in 2020, ensured the food security of 1.4 billion Chinese people, and contributed greatly to global food security. China is willing to join hands with UN agencies to deepen and expand agricultural cooperation, especially the South-South cooperation, in the following ways: First, discuss and finalize action plans to set the direction of agricultural cooperation for the new phase. Second, further enhance the expansion of agricultural science and technology innovations, and work together to push forward modern agricultural development and rural revitalization. Third, facilitate agricultural investment and trade and promote mutual benefits of agricultural cooperation. China will firmly uphold the international system with the UN at its core, protect global food security, and maintain agricultural trade and supply chain stable.
Representatives of eight UN agencies in China attended the conference, including officials of the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the World Food Programme, and the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization. Before the conference, Li met with UN Resident Coordinator in China Amakobe Sande. Sande expressed full support for China’s proposals, saying that the UN is ready to further cooperation with China.