Reforms in land ownership and the opening up to international markets have contributed to China’s successful recovery from the financial crises experienced over the last decades.
Of significance is the shift in China’s policy towards agricultural production. With only 14% of land arable and pollution and water shortages reducing agricultural land by 2%, rural Chinese people, society and agriculture have undertaken economic, production and social changes to develop a more robust economy.
On 10 August 2017, this China in Conversation event examined how these reforms had led to economic growth and how this could affect Australia’s economy and approach to agriculture in a climate of environmental and economic change.
Professor Tiejun Wen
Professor Tiejun Wen is Executive Dean, Institute of Advanced Studies for Sustainability, Renmin University of China and Executive Dean of Institute of Rural Reconstruction of China, Southwest University, and Executive Dean of The Institute of Rural Reconstruction of the Straits, Fujian Agriculture & Forestry University.
Professor Wen is leading China’s grassroots efforts to revive rural communities and economies. He is a renowned expert on social-economic sustainable development and rural issues, especially in policy studies, macro-economic of south-south cooperatives, and long-term inclusive growth. He has undertaken research for the Chinese Central Government since the 1980s, and also for the World Bank, United Nations and the European Union. He is on the State Consultant Committee of Environment Protection, Policy Consultant Committee of the Ministry of Commerce, and others. He is also Independent Non Executive Director of the Agricultural Bank of China.
Professor Wen has received numerous honors and awards, including the State Council’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1998, China Central TV Annual Award to Top 10 Economic Talents in 2003, Beijing Municipal Government Award of Outstanding Study Outcome in both 2010 and 2012; the Ministry of Education awarded him for Outstanding Contribution of Social Science Studies in 2015.
Professor Kadambot Siddique
Professor Kadambot Siddique is the Hackett Professor of Agriculture Chair and Director of The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture. He has 30 years’ experience in agricultural research, teaching and management in both Australia and overseas.
Professor Siddique has an international reputation in agricultural science especially in the fields of crop physiology, production agronomy, farming systems, genetic resources, breeding research in cereal, grain and pasture legumes and oilseed crops. He has published more than 300 scientific papers and book chapters, is on the Editorial Board of international scientific journals and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Australian Agricultural Institute and Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
Professor Siddique was the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Special Ambassador for the International Year of Pulses 2016, and is the recipient of national and international awards including: Urrbrae Memorial Award, Member of the Order of Australia, 2014 Western Australian Year of the Award (Professions Category) and the Dunhunag Award by China’s Gansu Provincial Government.
This China in Conversation public event was proudly presented by the Confucius Institute in partnership with The UWA Institute of Agriculture.
Confucius Institute is dedicated to the strengthening of cultural and educational ties between China and Western Australia, especially in the area of cross-cultural awareness. Each China in Conversation public event opens a dialogue between a Chinese and an Australian expert on topical subjects, from culture to education and from science to economics.