According to the latest Five-Year Plan, agricultural stability, food security and “agricultural modernization and self-sufficiency” continue to be a clear focus for China. Meanwhile, Canada continues to rely on China as an agricultural export destination, with agricultural exports accounting for 37% of total export to China in 2020 at an annual average grow rate of 16% over the last two decades. What elements in China’s latest Five-Year Plan may affect Western Canada’s trade in agriculture? What does the plan’s emphasis on increasing self-sufficiency and advanced agricultural technology capabilities mean for Canada’s agricultural commodities and technology industries? What are the implications of China’s new food security priorities for Western Canada?
Sharon Zhengyang Sun, Trade Policy Economist, Canada West Foundation and Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation
Motria Savaryn-Roy, Senior Economist, Export Development Canada, Ottawa
Betti-Jo Ruston, Counsellor, Manager of the Agriculture, Agrifood and Fisheries Section, Trade Program, Embassy of Canada in Beijing
A Q&A session held with Western Canadian Stakeholders:
David Dzisiak, Chief Operating Officer, Botaneco Inc.
Geoff Backman, Manager, Business Development and Markets, Alberta Wheat & Barley Commissions
Cherilyn Nagel, Farmer, Speaker, Policy Advocate