UK China Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network (SAIN)

2008 - Ongoing

Project status: Current

Funded by: Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), UK & Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), China


The UK-China Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network (SAIN) is a unique mechanism established in 2008 to provide a coherent framework for carrying out sustainable agriculture cooperation activities. Its objectives are to: (i) stimulate innovative thinking and research on all aspects of sustainable agriculture; (ii) communicate information on sustainable agriculture issues and disseminate best practice to key audiences; and (iii) contribute to global sustainability through wider sharing of expertise between developed and emerging economies.

SAIN realizes its objectives through: (i) joint research in the key areas such as nutrients management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity conservation, reduce non-point source pollution from agriculture, future food and farming system; (ii) knowledge sharing which include the joint conferences, workshops, newsletters and website; (iii) capacity building to carry out training

courses, study tours, hosting visiting professionals; (iv) communication and engagement with stakeholders through academic and non-academic publications, bilingual websites and newsletters, SAIN Policy Brief to translate research into policy-making, SAIN Information Sheet to highlight most recent policy and technology development and the implications in the UK and China.

Flow chart of the SAIN structure

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