Four hundred fifty (450) participants including farmer leaders, government officers, experts, and enterprise representatives convened on 21 December 2016 in Beijing to discuss issues about the development of China farmers’ cooperatives at the China Farmers’ Cooperatives Innovation and Development Forum held by Agricultural Management Institute of China (AMI).
The event is held annually by Chinese cooperatives and aims to make the participants understand the development of cooperatives over the past year and exchange experiences with their peers.
The cooperatives exhibited their products and made promotions via live webcast which is currently popular in China. The cooperatives also received a Certification of Annual Excellent Cooperative awarded by AMI, which is an important achievement for them.
“I attend this annual meeting every year, and benefit a lot from it. It helps me know more about the development situation of the industry that I am engaged in, while it also gives me a platform to display and express my ideas. In other words, it gives me a sense of belonging,” said Ma Tingdong, leader of Shengye Strawberry Cooperative.
In China, there is still no national joint organization of farmers’ cooperatives until now, which is called for by more than 1.7 million farmers’ coops. Since the first China Farmers’ Cooperatives Innovation and Development Forum in 2012, there were more than 2,000 coops that has joined in this activity, and the number of participants is increasing yearly.
The forum is supported by MTCP2, and is implemented by AMI in China. For more information, go to this website: http://www.jgs.moa.gov.cn/cfc/english/ or visit the MTCP2 China on Facebook. (Jennifer Liu)