GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME
Hong Kong | 7 - 11 August
Shanxi, China | 12 - 18 August
US$ 15,000 per participant
Includes course materials, flights (HK to/from Xian), hotels and most meals
MODULE ONE: CHALLENGING BUSINESS ORTHODOXY
Module One facilitates a greater awareness of the drivers of change in today's world, engaging participants in candid discussions and debates related to the role of business in society and the changing realities in different political and economic systems.
Participants are encouraged to think critically about pricing, externalities, the role of the state and ethical dilemmas in business, among other topics as well as to question their own assumptions and challenge conventional notions of global business.
MODULE TWO: FIELD PROJECT IN CHINA
China is the world’s largest producer, importer and consumer of food. However, the agricultural sector is facing major food safety, environmental pollution and rural ageing pressures with growing public concerns.
China is pushing forward agricultural supply-side structural reforms with a focus on quality over quantity to meet market demand for safe and high quality farm products and reduce chemical dependency. Switching to ecological farming systems and establishing long-term mechanisms to give smallholder farmers a fair share of the sector’s development is central to the reform and rural sustainability.
By integrating classroom learning with a real world business project, the Global Leaders Programme (GLP) invites participants to apply their leadership skills towards the production of a valuable output for local partners.
In Yongji, Shanxi province, participants will work with Puhan Cooperative, one of the largest multifunctional cooperatives in China, and Shijie Company, an expert in Natural Farming technology, to design a viable system to promote circular farming in rural communities. Building upon Puhan Cooperative’s model, an integrated approach which includes supporting services such as microcredit, mechanised farming and community-based elderly care will be scaled up to cooperatives in neighbouring counties such as Tongguan and Lingbao.
Circular farming promotes soil health through the management of micro-organisms and the symbiotic relationship between livestock and crops. Shijie Company is a pioneer in promoting circular natural farming and has worked with over 300 producers and cooperatives in the past 10 years, including Puhan Cooperative.
Shanxi Puhan Cooperative was established in 1998 to provide farmers with farming technology support and has since developed into an integrated platform serving multifaceted community needs to achieve sustainable agricultural production, community well-being and ecological balance. It has a membership of 3,865 smallholder households, covering 5,000 hectares of farmland.
OPEN FORUM: SCALING UP QUALITY FOOD PRODUCTION AMIDST SHIFTING SOCIAL DYNAMICS IN CHINA
Date: Friday, 18 August
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Venue: Tongguan, Shaanxi Province, China
You are invited to attend our free public forum on 18 August to hear strategic recommendations from business leaders from around the world and join the discussion on how to strengthen farmers organisation and scale quality food production in China.