CATSEI Mid-term Policy Conference, Brussels
December 15Th, 2008

On Monday December 15th, 2008, the CATSEI project organized its mid-term policy conference in Brussels. The theme of the conference was the rapidly increasing food-feed-fuel competition on the international agricultural markets, looking in particular at the perspectives from China and the European Union.

The conference was chaired by Prof. Gerrit Meester (Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, and Chairman of the Agricultural Committee of OECD), and opened by Dr. Hans-Jörg Lutzeyer (Directorate-General for Research, European Commission). After an invited presentation by Prof. Menzie Chinn (Robert La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin) on the international macro-economic outlook in these turbulent times of credit crisis, Prof. Jikun Huang (Center for Chinese Agricultural Policies) gave an overview of the achievements in 30 years of rural reforms in China, whereas Prof. Michiel Keyzer addressed the theme of the conference and presented CATSEI-results obtained so far in this field. It appears that the international community should be prepared for sustained substantial Chinese feed imports that are larger than currently prevailing projections suggest, especially for maize and other carbohydrate feed types. Invited comments on these presentations were given by Dr. Wang Kaiyuan of the Mission of China to the EU, Dr. Monika Tothova of the European Commission (Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development), Dr. Andrzej Kwiecinski of OECD (Trade and Agricultural Directorate) and Prof. Scott Rozelle of Stanford University.  

More information, including the presentations, can be found at the CATSEI website www.catsei.org.