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The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) welcomed some of the world's leading agricultural research experts to its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Beijing, China, from December 3 to 7, 2007. Over 1,000 AGM07 participants explored how agricultural research and technology and food policy initiatives can more effectively continue to address critical global agricultural challenges and to bring the benefits of agricultural research to poor farmers in the developing world quicker.

The Meeting and associated events offered excellent opportunities to interact with world-class scientists and to learn how new knowledge - developed and applied within a public goods framework - is reducing poverty, hunger and environmental degradation. Recent AGMs were held in Mexico, Kenya, and the Philippines.

AGM07 was hosted by the People's Republic of China which formally joined the CGIAR in 1984, although its cooperation with the Centers predates the CGIAR's founding in 1971. China feeds over 20 percent of the world's population using only 9 percent of the world's arable land and the CGIAR is pleased to have played a supportive role in the nation's agricultural transformation and development.

The CGIAR is privileged to have a strong and expanding partnership with China. It works primarily through the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), the research arm of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture. Eight CGIAR Centers have regional offices in China, located at the CAAS campus, a clear indication of the growing strength of the China-CGIAR partnership for research and development.

This page was updated on December 10, 2007.