The China-Latin America International Symposium on Agricultural History, hosted by SCAU and organized by the China-Latin America Agricultural Education, and Research Innovation (hereinafter referred to as CLAERIA) and the Institute of Chinese Agricultural History Heritage of South China Agricultural University, was held from July 5 to 6. The symposium was held from July 5 to 6. Vice President Qiu Rongliang attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech.
More than 100 participants, including the Consulate General of Peru in Guangzhou, the Consulate General of Mexico in Guangzhou, 16 experts in agricultural history and archaeology from China and Latin America, and representatives of member institutions of CLAERIA, attended the symposium online. Ruben Espinoza, Consul General of Peru in Guangzhou, and Daniel Dominguez, Acting Consul of the Consulate General of Mexico in Guangzhou, gave speeches at the opening ceremony.
Qiu Rongliang pointed out that, based on CLAERIA, SCAU has carried out extensive exchanges and cooperation with Latin American partners in agriculture and humanities. Currently, many projects are about to be launched. He said that a deep understanding of the history of the development of agricultural civilization will help promote mutual learning, and in-depth cooperation between China and Latin America in the fields of crop origin, agricultural history and culture and agricultural policy research, and make positive contributions to the healthy and sustainable development of the modern agricultural economy.
Ruben Espinosa, Consul General of Peru in Guangzhou, said that the history of crop exchange between Peru and China is long, and there are huge opportunities for China and Peru's partnership in agricultural research and technological innovation and he hoped that this symposium would let more people understand the long agricultural civilization and related achievements of Peru.
Daniel Dominguez, Acting Consul of the Consulate General of Mexico in Guangzhou, said that Mexico and China enjoy extensive agricultural exchanges and expected that researchers from both countries could exchange ideas and enhance mutual understanding, fully explore the great potential of cooperation between Mexico and China in the field of agriculture and so forth.
Professor Ni Genjin, Director of the Institute of Chinese Agricultural History and Heritage of the University, and Zheng Yunfei, Researcher of the Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology of Zhejiang Province, presided over the academic seminar session and gave keynote speeches respectively. Experts in agricultural history and archaeology from Mexico, Peru, Colombia and China gave lectures on the tracing and dissemination of agricultural crops in China and Latin America, ancient agricultural infrastructure, and agricultural technology.
At the closing ceremony, guests enjoyed the fashion show of gambiered Canton gauze costumes by South China Agricultural University (SCAU). Director of the International Office of SCAU said that this symposium was the first face-to-face exchange between Chinese and Latin American experts in the history of crop exchange, and that the research outcome played an important role in promoting mutual exchange and appreciation of Chinese and Latin American agricultural civilizations and in promoting in-depth research in areas such as the origins and interactive traditions of Chinese and Latin American agricultural crops.
The symposium was also joined by the heads of the International Office and the School of Humanities and Law.