Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, Ministry of Agriculture, China
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The Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) was established in 1957. Different from provincial agricultural research institutes, CAAS is China's national agricultural research organization, directly affiliated to the Ministry of Agriculture.
CAAS has a strategic task of serving nation-wide agricultural and rural development and empowering farmers with science and technology. Its major mandates focus on strategic and applied research solving determinant and key scientific problems, which are of national or regional importance.
CAAS has about 10,000 staff members and 38 research institutes located across 17 different provinces, national municipalities and the autonomous regions. In 1996, the Ministry of Agriculture conducted an assessment of agriculture science and technology research organizations nation wide. Seventeen CAAS institutes were among the top 100. Our Plant Protection Research Institutes were among the top 100. Our Plant Protection Research Institute was rated number one in the nation. Six CAAS institutes were among the top 10-advanced strategic agricultural research institutions nation wide.
As the only agricultural research academy in China that can confer Ph.D. degree in agricultural sciences, CAAS has a Graduate School, five State Key Crop Variety Improvement Centers and subcenters, 22 national and ministerial level Key Open Laboratories, and 17 national and ministerial commodity quality supervision and testing centers.
Meanwhile, the academy owns about 100 scientific and technology based enterprises with nearly 2100 personnel engaged in science and technology business development.
CAAS is a key open window representing China's agricultural science and technology for international collaboration .We have extensive international cooperation relationships with more than 40 countries and international organizations. Designates by the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), CAAS plays a strong leadership role in China's collaboration network with the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in teamed efforts with agricultural universities and other agricultural research institutions.