President Yi Attended the 5th Global Forum of Leaders for Agricultural Science and Technology
The 5th Global Forum of Leaders for Agricultural Science and Technology (GLAST-2016), co-sponsored by Hainan Provincial Government, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), was held in the Li autonomous county of Lingshui city in Hainan Province from Dec 13 to 14. Guests of Honor present at the meeting and making opening remarks included Mr. Dongyu Qu, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture; Mr. Xiqing He, Vice Governor of Hainan Province; Prof. Huajun Tang, CAAS President; Prof. Kongming Wu, CAAS Vice President; Ms. Kundhavi Kadiresan, Assistant Director-General of FAO and Mr. Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) of CGIAR. JAAS President Prof. Zhongyi Yi was invited to the meeting.
The theme for GLAST-2016 was “Eliminating Hunger and Poverty through S&T Innovation”. Such topics as “Agricultural Research, Extension Services and Sharing of Knowledge” and “Policies for Rural Development” were discussed, measures of Poverty Reduction through science and technology exchanged and experience in this regard summarized, and GLAST-2016 Lingshui Declaration discussed and signed. Over 240 representatives of agricultural research agencies and universities, multinational agricultural enterprises, related international organizations and governments from 52 countries participated in the meeting.
During the plenary sessions, Prof. Yi met with respectively with representatives of French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), IFPRI and International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics for in-depth discussions and the parties involved agreed that we should, on the ground of the current collaborations, cooperation in more research areas, enhance staff mobility and collaborative research and jointly apply for international grants.