Feeding China: Agricultural Modernisation, Trade and Investment


Feeding China: Agricultural Modernisation, Trade and Investment

In response to changing food demand, rapid urbanisation, and significant environmental constraints, the Chinese government is embarking on a fundamental reorganisation of China’s agricultural sector. Through a series of reforms it wants to create high-yield, environmentally-friendly farmland, to promote the scaling-up of farms into larger agglomerations, to improve the quality and safety of food, to promote greater mechanisation, and to enable a new generation of professional farmers. It also wants to encourage domestic agribusinesses to invest outside of China in the interests of food safety and food security.

These reforms will change the make-up of China’s trade in agricultural commodities. China is Australia’s most important export destination for agricultural primary products, a trade that will accelerate under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). It is important that Australia better understand the implications of a changing agricultural sector in China, both in terms of trade and growing Chinese investment in Australian agribusiness.

To understand this changing environment and its implications for Australia, the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies is holding a conference to examine the policy and fiscal environment driving agricultural reforms and outward investment, and how the reorganisation of Chinese farms is playing out on the ground. This conference brings together leading experts from China, Australia and elsewhere to initiate a public discussion on the macro policy environment for agriculture, agrarian change and agricultural restructuring, and trade and investment.


8.30am- 9.00am
Coffee & registration

9.00am – 9.30am
Welcome & Introduction

9.30am – 10.50am
Panel I - The Macro Policy Environment
Professor Huang Jikun (Peking University)
Professor Christine Wong (University of Melbourne)
Professor Lin Wanlong (China Agricultural University)

10.50 – 11.15am
Morning tea

11.15am – 1.00pm
Panel II - Agrarian Change and Agricultural Restructuring
Associate Professor Qian Forrest Zhang (Singapore Management University)
Professor Bai Junfei (China Agricultural University)
Dr Scott Waldron (University of Queensland)

1.00pm – 2.00pm

2.00pm – 3.45pm
Panel III - Trade and Investment
Dr Liu Hongbo (James Cook University)
Dr Jason Young (Victoria University, NZ)
Professor Yang Jun (University of International Business & Economics)
Yang Zhining (Invest Victoria)

3.45pm – 4.15pm
Afternoon tea

4.15pm – 4.45pm
Summary and Closing Comments



  • Associate Professor Qian Forrest  Zhang
    Associate Professor Qian Forrest Zhang, Singapore Management University
  • Professor Christine Wong
    Professor Christine Wong, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies
  • Professor Jikun Huang
    Professor Jikun Huang, Peking University