Washington, D.C. - The United States will host China in the inaugural meeting of the annual U.S.-China Strategic Agricultural Innovation Dialogue (SAID) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC on September 24, 2015. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, along with China’s Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu and Deputy Trade Negotiator Zhang Xiangchen of China’s Ministry of Commerce, are scheduled to open the SAID.
U.S. and Chinese officials will be joined in the dialogue by a wide range of industry and academic experts in the field of development and use of agricultural technologies. The SAID will focus on policies and regulatory frameworks that support the ability of farmers to adopt technologies to address production challenges, protect consumers, and enable greater access to safe, nutritious and affordable food globally.
In November 2014, President Obama and President Xi agreed on the need to intensify science-based agricultural innovation for food security, and committed to strengthen dialogue to enable increased use of innovative technologies in agriculture.