Today CEJA President Alan Jagoe played his part in the official signing ceremony of the “EU-China Project on capacity building for young professional farmers and agricultural professionals,” a cooperation project between the European Union and the People’s Republic of China.

Together with the Chinese Minister for Agriculture Mr Han Changfu and EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Mr Phil Hogan, Mr Jagoe officially announced the agreement of this joint cooperation.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Jagoe mentioned his excitement at the prospect of the exchange of information between European and Chinese young farmers, saying “we are not in competition but are partners in our field. This collaboration from today will strengthen the relationship between European and Chinese young farmers.”

“This cooperation between Chinese and European young farmers will give us all a better understanding of our future. Using knowledge transfer and extension, using advisory services and education will ensure that as YF we have the best tools available to us to embrace the challenges and opportunities in the future.”

The project aims to reinforce EU-China cooperation in Agriculture and Rural Development and will provide an opportunity for young farmers and agricultural professionals from both sides to travel and experience the reality of each other’s farming sector focusing especially on sustainable farming techniques and environmental practices.


CEJA represents the political interests of around two million young farmers from across Europe. Its main objectives are to facilitate the installation of young farmers, to inform and to train them as well as act as a forum for communication and dialogue between them.

For further information:

Jules Johnston, Press Officer, Tel: +32 (0)2 230 4210

E-mail: pressofficer@ceja.eu