China Agricultural University – CAU (www.cau.edu.cn), a Governmental funded and non-profit organization, is the foremost agricultural university with a strong and highly qualified faculty team. It covers a wide range of disciplines on a complementary basis, such as agriculture and life science, resources and environment, information and computer science, agricultural engineering and automation science, economic management and social sciences. Both of the disciplines of food science and technology, agricultural economic are the national key supported disciplines, and they rank the second and third place at national level, separately.
CAU has extensive and strong research experience in agri food safety and industrial supply chain management, information and communication technologies application in agriculture and food industry. And more than 100 projects per year related agribusiness & supply chain management, information management in agriculture, fishery and food industry, agribusiness strategy management etc. have funded from diverse channels. Most of them are from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the National High Technology Research and the Development Program (863 Program) and National Science and technology support plan (The latter two plans equal the EU Framework program plan).
CAU has built extensive network with the government, industry organization, national and international university and research institution, media, and industry SMEs, for example, the Farmer Daily, the Society of Agricultural Economics, New Hope Group, Kanyin group, etc. CAU also is running 5 projects from EU FP7, Horizon 2020 and SWITCH Asia.
CAU will contribute to work in all WP´s from WP2 to WP9:
In WP2, CAU will contribute to work in building a conceptual model on dynamics of food value chains and networks, and mapping food value chains to determine critical points where key indicators must be recorded, and confirm the indicators identified through stakeholder interactions.
In WP3, CAU will contribute to work in the policies, regulations (China) and private governance arrangements (standards setting, quality requirements, contract terms, agricultural and rural development policy supports etc.) and their impacts upon the functioning of food value chains in economic, environmental and social terms, including both intra chain power relationships and sustainability advances.
In WP4, CAU will contribute to work in employing secondary data sources from national statistics and public actors’ data sets.
In WP5, CAU will contribute to work in economic, social and environmental analysis modelling based on the secondary data and data obtained through the case studies.
In WP6, CAU will contribute to work in understanding how consumer behavior is changing and have a forward-looking analysis on how this will impact the food value chain
In WP7, CAU will contribute to work in quantitatively modelling the drivers and outcomes of behaviors within food supply networks.
In WP8, CAU will contribute to work in exercising addresses value chains; the key challenges of chain organisation and will include key actors including policy makers.
In WP9, CAU will contribute to work in managing communications and dissemination and outreach to stakeholders