Agri-Food Trade and Rural Revitalization: Perspectives on Challenges and Opportunities in an Interconnected Global Economy



Beijing, China | 1-2 December 2019

Agri-food systems around the world are undergoing rapid change. They are becoming increasingly interconnected and shaped by new technologies and digitalisation. This agricultural transformation takes place in the presence of an unabated urbanization process with rising income levels and changing consumer preferences. It also takes place in the presence of environmental degradation, pressures on land and water resources as well as climate change, all of which take a toll on the resource base required for future production growth.

Policymakers need to respond to this wide array of challenges. They have to develop strategies that promote economically, socially and environmentally sustainable forms of agriculture, revitalising rural economies. In order to tap into opportunities opening up to them, many rural regions need to overcome specific bottlenecks, including in the agriculture and food sectors. With its National Strategic Plan for Rural Revitalization 2018-22 released in September 2018, China has been making significant efforts to respond to these challenges. The plan foresees new approaches to support agri-businesses, deliver agricultural modernisation, and create vertically integrated rural industries.

In this increasingly interconnected global economy, where trade remains essential to reap new market opportunities, a global dialogue to identify innovative policy approaches becomes ever more important. Previous workshops organised jointly by the Agricultural Trade Promotion Center (ATPC) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, OECD and FAO explored options for devising new policy approaches and assessing their impacts. These policies can inform a broader policy framework, directed towards long-term productivity growth and sustainable resources use, coherently addressing food security concerns.

Against this background, this year’s conference pursued several objectives. First, it explored the dynamics of agricultural markets and their implications for food security within the framework of an interconnected global economy. Second, it aimed to explore the synergies and trade-offs of different policy approaches aimed at creating a more productive, sustainable and resilient agri-food system. Finally, it gathered specific country and regional experiences, with a view to focusing on future agricultural policy solutions for China and the world.


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