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Land & Grow Part 2: The China Agri-Tech Opportunity

In collaboration with 8 Hours Ahead, The British Embassy China (Foreign & Commonwealth Office/Department for International Trade) and the Chinese Ministry of Science & Technology, Agri-EPI Centre is hosting a second webinar exploring agri-tech export opportunities in China.

For UK AgTech & Innovation C-Suites who wish to better understand the Chinese agri-tech market, or explore opportunities to export their solutions to the country, the webinar offers a deep dive into the Chinese agri-tech market. From key trends to specific challenges and barriers facing Chinese farmers, the webinar will identify opportunities, solutions and strategies to expand or diversify agri-tech solutions in China.

As well as a “big picture” overview of the China agri-tech market, the session will also explore structural, commercial, financial and executional support offered by the UK and Chinese governments, as well as support available from strategic partners such as Agri-EPI Centre and 8 Hours Ahead.


  • 9am:  Welcome – Joint Address

Ray Smith, UK-China Agriculture, Food & Drink Counsellor, British Embassy Beijing

Senior Chinese Government Counterpart  

  • 9.15am:  The Chinese Ag Corporate Perspective – Senior Executive Interview 

Yi Meilin, Dept for International Trade | British Embassy Beijing

  • 9.30am:  Agriculture Trends in China – Policy, Tech, Innovation and Opportunities 

Sam Priestman, Chinese AgTech Market Specialist | 8 Hours Ahead

  • 9.45am:  1st – Q & A session
  • 9.50am:  Making it Happen – Executing in China – “China-as-a-Service”

William Stormont, Chinese Market Strategy Specialist | 8 Hours Ahead

Jake Watkin, Chinese Market Landing Specialist | 8 Hours Ahead

  • 10.05am:  Key Governance for China – IP, Equity & Exit Protection

Peter Corne, Partner and Head of Shanghai | Dorsey & Whitney 

  • 10.20am:  Agri-EPI in China – SmartFarm Initiative 

Shamal Mohammed, Chief Technical Officer | Agri-EPI Centre

  • 10.35am:  2nd – Q & A 
  • 10.45am:  End of session

8 Hours

8 Hours is a specialist China-market entry and scaling company on a mission to build pioneering Sino-Global companies that solve China’s transformational challenges. Founded by a team that has firsthand experience of the many potential challenges of scaling businesses in China – 8 Hours is a Sino-Global pioneer. The company partner with leading technology companies that have an ambition to scale in the Chinese market helping them overcome the unique challenges of doing business in China.

Agri-EPI Centre

Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation (Agri-EPI) Centre accelerates the research, development and adoption of precision agriculture and engineering technology. Funded as part of the UK Government’s Agri-Tech Strategy, Agri-EPI Centre bridges the gap between industry and academia across the agri-food sector in the UK and globally.