SCEP | 2016
Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program
The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) links U.S. agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security. The Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program (SCEP) supports collaborative relationships between teams of scientific and technical experts from the United States and the People’s Republic of China. The SCEP was established in 1978 under a cooperative agreement between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and China’s Ministry of Agriculture (MOA). Since then, the program has facilitated exchanges for more than 2,100 participants on topics including food safety and security, animal and plant health, and agricultural biotechnology and emerging technologies. The program helps to promote U.S. agricultural priorities, encourage long-term cooperation in agricultural science and technology, create a positive atmosphere for agricultural trade, and enhance overall relations between the United States and China. The SCEP allows USDA and MOA to exchange approximately 16 scientific teams each year—8 from each country – for up to 13 nights and 14 days. Participants pay their international airfare and the host country pays for in-country meals, lodging, transportation, cultural activities, and other miscellaneous expenses. Teams may consist of 6 to 8 members, which must include an interpreter. USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service implements SCEP and facilitates training for Chinese officials working in agricultural trade and policy; agribusiness development; animal, plant, and food sciences; and extension services. Training programs are designed and organized in conjunction with U.S. universities, USDA and other government agencies, agribusinesses, and consultants. The program’s primary objectives are to promote encourage long-term cooperation, create a positive atmosphere for trade, and enhance overall relationships between the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China.
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