Learning sustainable farming for Belt and Road initiative

The first class to promote sustainable agriculture in Belt and Road countries was dramatically expanded due to overwhelming interest.
Yang Meiping / SHINE

A program to train government officials, executives, researchers and teachers from Belt and Road countries in sustainable agriculture and food safety kicked off on Monday — and the class was 60 percent bigger than originally planned.

“We originally planned to recruit 20 members for each class,” said Che Shengquan, associate dean of Jiao Tong University’s School of Agriculture and Biology.

“It turned out so popular that we received too many applications. Now, we have 32 students, up from nine countries at the first class.”

In the following two weeks, professors from China and abroad, managers of local enterprises and government officials will lecture on various topics, including the history and culture of agriculture in China, modern sustainable agricultural technologies and industries, and food security management.

Students will also visit local enterprises, botanic gardens, wetlands and creative farms in the city.

The program is also expected to enhance cooperation between China and Belt and Road countries.

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