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Scientific Cooperation with China

Canada and China have a well-established science and technology cooperation relationship in agriculture, which evolved from large-scale development assistance projects in the 1980s. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has hosted numerous Chinese scientists and students at our research centres, and exchanged knowledge and information through seminars, workshops, joint projects and other forms of collaboration.

Priorities with China

Based on the past successful cooperation between the two countries, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has identified the following four agricultural science and technology priority areas for its future cooperation with China:

Targeted collaboration

AAFC actively engages Chinese government departments and agencies such as the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education and the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs as well as Chinese academies and universities in numerous activities to advance mutually beneficial science, technology and trade interests which include:

International Scientific Exchanges

Every year, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's 19 research centres host scientists and graduate students from China.

Between 2006 and 2014, we hosted more than 200 PhD students and over 100 visiting scientists.

These exchanges advance work of importance to Canada and China as evidenced by the fact that since 2006, AAFC scientists have co-authored more than 1,000 scientific publications with Chinese scientists.


In 2014, we launched the Canada-China Agriculture Science Network, a virtual forum that brings together Canadian and Chinese agricultural scientists and collaborators. This network facilitates communication and initiates dialogues between Canadian and Chinese scientists, and explores opportunities for joint collaborations.

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