9 - 10 September 2005
An international dialogue on "Agricultural and Rural Development in the 21st Century: Lessons from the Past and Policies for the Future" was jointly organised by the Ministry of Agriculture of China and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations through the financial support of the Italian Government.
The event provided a forum for forward-looking discussions of the major issues confronting world food and agriculture in the coming century. The dialogue resulted in a declaration that was jointly authored by all international expert participants. This declaration will provide a framework for governmental and development organizations in setting the agenda for future food and agriculture policy.