Qiao Yuhui (China)

Qiao Yuhui , graduated from China Agricultural University with a Ph.D. degree in ecology in 2000. She has worked in China Agricultural University since 1995, mainly engaged in teaching and scientific research in organic/ecological agriculture. She has taught 6 courses including “organic agriculture and sustainable food system”, “safe production technology and application of agricultural products”, presided over English course construction and postgraduate education reform projects, edited 4 teaching materials such as “organic agriculture”, and supervised 27 masters and 5 doctors. She is the member China Organic Technology Expert Working Group (2009- till now); green food review committee (2006- till now); and Member of the International IOAS Accreditation Committee (2009-2019); Member of the Organic Innovation & Technology Platform (OIT) under IFOAM-Asia from 2019.

In terms of scientific research, she is the coordinators of 4 National Natural Science Fund projects with the themes on “Study on the mechanism of green certification to enhance the ecological value of agricultural products”, one 12th Five year science and technology support project, 24 provincial and ministerial level and international cooperation projects on organic certification technology; she and her team systematically evaluated the environmental and socio-economic benefits of China’s organic agriculture. She is the first author of the annual report of China’s organic industry development since 2013; involving in the formulation of National/industrial standards on organic products, and promoting the mutual recognition of organic laws and regulations among countries and the development of organic/ecological industries. She published 40 SCI papers and 40 Chinese papers as the first or corresponding author, 13 Chinese monographs, and was awarded for the second prize of Xinjiang science and technology progress (4/8) on organic agriculture and green food development.

A short description of the areas

I would like to contribute to the work of the IFOAM Asia Board; I will be available to serve on the Executive Board (at least three months per year commitment to the interests of IFOAM Asia). The following three areas could be done on the organic agriculture movement in Asia:

(1) Research, extension and training on organic techniques, production modes in Asia Asian countries have similar natural and cultural background and also have a long history of agricultural civilization, which is the core and origin of organic agriculture. Best organic practice and mode should be studied, summarized and shared among Asia countries.

(2) Scientific popularization of OA should be enhanced
Although more and more people are getting to know organic products in Asia year by year, but the awareness of consumers and local government is very weak on the benefit of OA and the true value besides food safety, publicity of OA should be strengthen based on scientific data, so scientific popularization of OA could be the top priority to raise the consumer’s awareness and also a sound way to promote the organic market and the support of local government.

(3) Promoting the internal cooperation of organic product trade in Asia
Market orientation is a key characteristic of organic agriculture development, Asia is the third largest organic market following US and EU, and organic market network could be built to share the organic market information for the market promotion. Beside the market information, the mutual recognitions and cooperation of Asian countries on organic issues could be strengthening to facilitate the organic trade in Asia. Basic research work could be done to compare the organic regulations among the largest markets in Asia, such as China, Japan and Korea.

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