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【CHINA ECONOMIC NET】China-Pakistan cooperation in nutrition, health highlighted



BEIJING, July 17 (China Economic Net) - “In the future, we will strengthen cooperation with International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences in carrying out joint research on key technologies, application of international cooperation projects, training of international talents, academic exchanges and other aspects to promote scientific and technological innovation in the field of nutrition and health,” noted by Prof. Wang Fengzhong, director of Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), while addressing the 2023 China-Pakistan Nutrition and Health Cooperation Forum held in Beijing on July 14.

On the occasion, Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, director of International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Pakistan, was invited to be a visiting professor in IFST-CAAS by Prof Wang Fengzhong.

Pakistan is one of the most vulnerable countries that experience many floods and droughts as a result of climate change, which poses a threat to food preservation. Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Minister for Health & Population Welfare, Sindh was impressed by how IFST’s technology helps extend the shelf life of food while retaining its flavor and nutrition, especially those made for women and children.

Following her proposal, both sides agreed that in the future, China and Pakistan will, based on the industrial needs of the two countries, carry out in-depth technical cooperation in the research and development (R&D) of functional food, nutrition food for infants and pregnant women, alternative protein sources, and food packaging technology and other fields, so as to ensure the life and health of the two peoples through technological innovation in food science and technology.

As per experts on site, China and Pakistan both have a long history of traditional medicine and rich resources in herbal products. The long-term technical cooperation between China and Pakistan in this field is of great significance for safeguarding the lives and health of the people of the two countries.

Back on 9th June, 2021, IFST and ICCBS signed a memorandum of cooperation on the unveiling ceremony of the Sino-Pakistan Cooperation Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine (SPCCTCM). Over the years, both sides have established a long-term friendly cooperative relationship in talent cultivation, academic exchanges, and other aspects. On December 22, 2021, IFST and ICCBS jointly held the "2021 Sino-Pakistan Conference on Research and Application of Food and Medicinal Resources", at which the "China-Pakistan Joint Research Center for Nutrition and Health" was unveiled. Since then, the two sides have carried out joint research in the field of nutrition, health and functional food, and have achieved fruitful results.

by Liu Qiyu,  Editor:Fu Bo