National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

20 July 2017

Applications are open to young farmers for study tours to China to explore the challenges faced in a different agricultural environment.

There are currently spaces for two groups of 10 European Young Farmers on two-week study tours to China in November 2017 and June 2018 and NFYFC members are encouraged to apply. The scheme is fully funded by the EU and China so there are no costs for the participants and the deadline for applications is 10 September 2017.

The trip is part of a new 18-month initiative called the EU-China Young Farmers Programme that is aimed at strengthening relationships and learning between young farmers across the EU and China. The programme has been set up by the European Union (DG AGRI and the EU Delegation in China) and the People’s Republic of China (Ministry of Agriculture), supported by CEJA.

NFYFC’s AGRI Steering Group Chairman Harriet Wilson said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for YFC members and I would encourage them to apply for one of these study tours to China. NFYFC is still a member of CEJA and therefore members should take advantage of opportunities such as these.”

The programme aims to give young farmers a chance to explore common [and very different] challenges that are faced in different agricultural environments, to support the personal development of the individuals that get involved, produce recommendations to policy-makers on sustainable farming practices, and ultimately to help with the strategic relationship between China and EU countries.

Study visits will involve young professional farmers and agricultural professionals from the EU and China. These exchanges will include training in agri-businesses, innovative farms, governmental entities and local agencies, research institutes and universities, cooperatives, in EU Member States and Chinese provinces.

Young Farmers will have to meet the following criteria to be considered for the study tours:

  • Farmer
  • Under the age of 40 years
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Availability for two weeks in November 2017 or June 2018
  • High level of experience and interest in sustainable agriculture
  • High level of interest in Chinese agriculture.

Both the EU and China face similar challenges in the field of rural development and agriculture, such as diversity of agriculture, pedo-climatic regions, natural environment and cultural traditions, diversity of socio-economic status, rural population ageing, difference between urban and rural development.

To apply for the trip, visit here.



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