The U.S.-China Agriculture and Food Partnership is a public-private platform for bilateral food and agricultural cooperation between the United States and China with support from governments in both countries. The AFP was created with the support of the U.S. and Chinese governments to continue in the tradition of the Agricultural Symposium that was a centerpiece of then-Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit to Iowa in February 2012.

AFP’s mission is to link U.S. and Chinese public, private, and non-governmental organizations (NGO) across the agricultural and food supply chain in order to advance mutual food security, food safety, and agricultural sustainability through the promotion of cooperative activities between the U.S. and China and optimal practices in both countries.

Since its formal establishment in September 2013, AFP has close to 50 organizations in its network, comprised of U.S. companies and non–profit industry cooperators. Together with Chinese industry and government partners, AFP’s working groups organize and coordinate cooperative activities with Chinese partners in public and private sectors from policy/technical round tables, demonstration projects, training programs, etc. AFP is an effective and neutral platform to convene stakeholders at all levels and has successfully brought together policymakers and industry leaders from both U.S. and China.

While most bilateral engagement efforts have focused on single stakeholders, AFP coordinates cross-agency and cross-sector engagement to more effectively develop the agriculture and food supply chain in China.

Services and Membership Benefits

Engage at Any Level – From Policy/Regulatory to Commercial/Market Access

The AFP platform allows U.S. companies to engage with U.S.-Chinese governments and industry on areas of mutual needs, from policy and regulatory issues to technical capacity building and business development programs. Designed to advance the needs of U.S. industry in China, AFP programs have pursued improvement in industry standards and are targeted, multi-year and include executive forums, U.S. study tours, trainings, workshops, roundtables, and regular internal working meetings.

To achieve ROI, programs are integrated and tied to MOUs and annual workplans vs. one-off activities. Case studies and pilots bring conversations and discussions to a practical, implementation level. In this way, true systems level impact is achieved.

Industry Representation/Advisory Role with U.S. and Chinese Governments and Industry Associations

Membership in AFP provides U.S. companies a neutral, industry-wide representation with government agencies and industry associations that a single association or company cannot provide. Being a member of AFP can be complementary to an individual company’s government affairs approach, providing another channel of engagement and influence.

AFP members play an important leadership/advisory role in ongoing dialogue on standards, technology, and best practices with Chinese industry and associations, and they have an opportunity to represent industry on advisory and project committees and select VIP/closed door meetings with U.S. and Chinese government officials. Most importantly, AFP members provide strategic input into yearly plans and engagement with Chinese government and industry.

AFP and Chinese counterparts in different sectors serve as key facilitators of programs and projects with industry, associations, and other stakeholders in coordination with government agencies.

AFP Annual Membership Package

  • Speaking Slots/Messaging – priority slots and messaging in programs in coordination with other AFP members
  • Representation at VIP Meetings – eligible to represent industry at select VIP/closed door meetings with U.S. and Chinese government officials
  • Branding Rights – recognition in all AFP promotional materials
  • Membership Activities – includes engagement in all AFP General Membership Meetings, Task Forces, and Industry Working Groups on voluntary basis.
  • Leadership and Voting Rights – in AFP programming, staffing, including election of Board of Directors and influence in strategic planning.

Yearly Fees: Please contact us at afp@amchamchina.org for more information

Project Leadership (per project)

  • Program Leadership – shape all program aspects, including development of training curriculum and agenda
  • Committee Leadership – eligible to represent industry at select VIP/closed door meetings with U.S. and Chinese government officials during project planning process
  • Priority Speaking Slots/Messaging – for participation in programs in coordination with other AFP members

Program Fees: For specific programs/projects where additional budgets are required, cost-share contributions will vary (i.e. venue rental, professional services (translation, etc.) and staff support).

    • Please contact us at afp@amchamchina.org for more information
    • AFP members receive discounted rate


Jennifer W. Lee

Executive Director

Cynthia Zhai

Project Manager

For more information regarding how to join AFP, please contact: afp@amchamchina.org