Picture: Magda Ehlers

Picture: Magda Ehlers

Export of knowhow to China

The knowledge and knowhow that Danish agriculture has built up over the years is so interesting to other countries’ agricultural and food sectors that it has now become an export commodity. A Chinese university wants to deploy the Danish model for knowledge development and agricultural innovation. The university and SEGES, Danish Agriculture and Food Council, recently established a formal cooperation agreement whereby SEGES will provide knowledge and training for farmers, advisers, students and Chinese officials.

The knowledge and knowhow that Danish agriculture has built up over the years is so interesting to other countries’ agricultural and food sectors that it has now become an export commodity. A Chinese university wants to deploy the Danish model for knowledge development and agricultural innovation. The university and SEGES, Danish Agriculture and Food Council, recently established a formal cooperation agreement whereby SEGES will provide knowledge and training for farmers, advisers, students and Chinese officials.

In recent years, Danish food companies have increased their exports to the attractive Chinese market. The agricultural sector is now taking another important step in this regard.

The knowledge and innovation centre, SEGES, which is owned by the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, recently entered into an agreement with Hope Education Group, which is one of China’s largest private universities. It is located in the province of Shandong with 100 million inhabitants.

The agreement not only concerns the export of knowledge from Denmark to China, but also the way in which Danish agriculture works together: agricultural companies, organisations, advisers and farmers have a century-old tradition of cooperation to be ’best in class’ in areas such as food safety, animal health and welfare, the environment and organic production.

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"The Chinese have experienced this in a number of contexts. Over the years, a number of delegations from China comprising representatives from agriculture, the authorities and companies have visited Danish agricultural and food companies, farmers and knowledge institutions to learn from us. They have seen what we can do, and they recognise that our food products are among the best in the world in terms of food safety and traceability,” says Jakob Lave, SEGES Development Director.
"You could say that they have been made aware of what the very integrated value chain in Denmark – from farm to table – can create and this has opened up the prospect of an entirely new type of cooperation, which means that we will export the Danish model and Danish knowledge to China."

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Sustainability
"Sustainable solutions underpin the new cooperation. We hope to get started in areas such as organic agricultural production, pig production management and food safety this year,” says Torben Huus-Bruun, Senior Consultant at SEGES.

"We will work on the basis of the Danish model where we will establish a good working relationship between those who are developing the latest knowledge and those who are to use it in practice. This is what our Chinese partners need: to get help in generating the knowledge that is actually required in practical terms to drive development and progress and to get initiatives underway,” says Torben Huus-Bruun.