Introduction of AFP

The U.S.-China Agriculture and Food Partnership is a public-private platform for bilateral food and agricultural cooperation between the United States and China with support from governments in both countries. The AFP was created with the support of the U.S. and Chinese governments to continue in the tradition of the Agricultural Symposium that was a centerpiece of then-Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit to Iowa in February 2012. 

AFP’s mission is to link U.S. and Chinese public, private, and non-governmental organizations (NGO) across the agricultural and food supply chain in order to advance mutual food security, food safety, and agricultural sustainability through the promotion of cooperative activities between the U.S. and China and optimal practices in both countries.

Since its formal establishment in September 2013, AFP has close to 50 organizations in its network, comprised of U.S. companies and non–profit industry cooperators. Together with Chinese industry and government partners, AFP working groups organize and coordinate cooperative activities with Chinese partners in public and private sectors from policy/technical round tables, demonstration projects, training programs, etc. AFP is an effective and neutral platform to convene stakeholders at all levels and has successfully brought together policymakers and industry leaders from both U.S. and China.

While most bilateral engagement efforts have focused on single stakeholders, AFP coordinates cross-agency and cross-sector engagement to more effectively develop the agriculture and food supply chain in China.