2014 International Conference on Food Security and Rural Development Held in NAU
October 30,2014

From Oct. 18 to 20, 2014 International Conference on Food Security and Rural Development 2014 was held in NAU. Over 200 experts and students from more than 15 countries including Australia, USA, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Japan and Korea attended the conference. Attendants are from more than 40 universities and research institutions worldwide. The conference was co-hosted by NAU, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), University of Gottingen, and China National Natural Science Foundation, and was co-organized by NAU National Food Security Research Center, NAU College of Economics and Management, and the Journal of Nanjing Agricultural University (Social Science).

The opening ceremony was held on Oct. 19. Participants include William Martin from World Bank, Paul Dorosh from International Food Policy Research Institute, Professor Stephan v. Cramon-Taubadel from the University of Gottingen, NAU Vice President Xu Xiang, NAU Professor Zhou Yingheng, and Zhu Jing, etc. The ceremony was chaired by Professor Zhong Funing from NAU College of the Economics and Management.

Xu Xiang addressed the opening ceremony. She said that “how to feed china” is now a global issue. Although the advancement in agricultural technology and the development of globalization have provided strategic opportunities for food security, rural development is facing new challenges due to Aging problems, labor cost increase and resource scarcity. To make the best use of domestic and global resources and markets has become a crucial issue for food security in China. The aim of the conference is to discuss the latest research achievements concerning food security and rural development, and explore scientific, practical and innovative theories and policies.

Professor William Martin pointed out that ever since the International Association of Agricultural Economics (IAAE) was established in 1920, Chinese scholars have been actively involved, and played an important role in decision making process of many global agricultural economy policies. He hoped that more young scholars could get involved in the discussion, and invited all participants to attend the 29th annual meeting of IAAE which will be held in Milan. Professor Stephan v. Cramon-Taubadel said he is willing to strengthen cooperation with NAU in the following five years, and expects a stronger partnership between University of Goettingen and NAU.

As Professor Zhou Yingheng pointed out during the conference, NAU is working hard to meet major national and social development needs, to serve the development of agriculture, rural area and farmers, and has achieved a great deal in the research of rural economy and rural development, and land management.

The history of NAU College of Economics and Management can be traced back to 1920s. International cooperation is always an important aspect for the college to promote high-level academy research and train top students with global competence. During the conference, in-depth discussions were held concerning global market and food security, rural social security, rural household economy, agricultural production, resources management, and sustainable development.