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LogisticsDemand for cold-chain logistics heats up with online grocery boomDemand for cold-chain logistics heats up with online grocery boom
The market for buying fresh food online is expected to surpass 1 trillion yuan in 2024 and drive up demand for cold-chain logistics.

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InnovationsSpinach leaves used as scaffold for growing lab-grown beefSpinach leaves used as scaffold for growing lab-grown beef
The groundbreaking research builds on earlier research in which human heart tissue was cultivated using the veiny skeleton of a spinach leaf.

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InnovationsMutant space rice is coming to a plate near you Mutant space rice is coming to a plate near you
China has planted around 1,500 rice seeds that went to space to study their genetic mutations in hopes they would yield better varieties of the grain

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LogisticsPinduoduo files patent for cold-chain logistics systemPinduoduo files patent for cold-chain logistics system
Pinduoduo is investing in and working with partners to expand cold-chain logistics, warehousing and sorting facilities so that consumers can buy a wider range of perishables that require refrigeration

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Agri MattersAgri Matters Podcast: Women experts discuss art, motherhood and future of food innovationAgri Matters Podcast: Women experts discuss art, motherhood and future of food innovation
On the occasion of International Women's Day, we spoke to 3 outstanding women in agri-food tech to get their perspectives on the future of food and innovation.

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Corporate ResponsibilityA guide to the Pinduoduo Partnership A guide to the Pinduoduo Partnership
The Pinduoduo Partnership was established with the intention of providing guidance to future generations of management to champion Pinduoduo’s vision, mission and values.

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Policy & TrendsMarvel star Robert Downey Jr. wants you to eat insects because they are good for youMarvel star Robert Downey Jr. wants you to eat insects because they are good for you
The Iron Man star says insects are a sustainable, affordable alternative to animal proteins, with the potential to disrupt the food and drink market.

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Policy & TrendsJapan to introduce certification system for plant-based meatJapan to introduce certification system for plant-based meat
Only 2% of Japan's population are vegan, but the popularity of plant-based food is rising as consumers become more environmentally and health conscious.

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PDD in AgriPinduoduo doubles agricultural GMV to record 270 billion yuan in 2020Pinduoduo doubles agricultural GMV to record 270 billion yuan in 2020
Pinduoduo extends lead as China's largest agriculture platform as pandemic pushes more people to order food and groceries online.

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PDD in AgriDuo Duo Grocery brings farm-to-table benefits to Chinese consumersDuo Duo Grocery brings farm-to-table benefits to Chinese consumers
Consumers can order groceries from a curated list of offerings from nearby farms, bringing a high-tech twist to the farmer’s market

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Corporate ResponsibilityPinduoduo recognized for work on alleviating poverty in ChinaPinduoduo recognized for work on alleviating poverty in China
Pinduoduo has focused on agriculture since its establishment in 2015, bringing a systems approach to addressing the inter-related issues of how to grow, move and sell food.

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Policy & TrendsChina to support innovative research and development of GM crops China to support innovative research and development of GM crops
China is placing increasing importance on developing and owning its seed technology, likening seeds to the "microchips of agriculture"

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InnovationsThis art installation helps leeks to grow faster This art installation helps leeks to grow faster
A 20,000-square-metre light installation in the Netherlands is contributing to sustainable agriculture.

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Consumer TrendsPinduoduo offers uninterrupted grocery services during Lunar New YearPinduoduo offers uninterrupted grocery services during Lunar New Year
Most retail businesses take a break during Lunar New Year, meaning many households have to stock up ahead of the weeklong holiday.

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Policy & TrendsPlant-based protein challengers in China need to invest in technology to stand out Plant-based protein challengers in China need to invest in technology to stand out
The plant-based meat industry will hit a wall with consumers unless it can offer substitutes that hit all the marks including flavor, aroma, texture and aesthetics, says Matilda Ho of Bits x Bites.

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InnovationsAleph Farms debuts world's first cultivated rib-eye steak using 3D bioprintingAleph Farms debuts world's first cultivated rib-eye steak using 3D bioprinting
Aleph Farms is part of burgeoning slaughter-free and plant-based meat movement aimed at providing alternatives to conventional livestock agriculture.

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InnovationsWhy small farms are key to the future of foodWhy small farms are key to the future of food
Small-scale farmers and rural populations are the best hope for increasing land productivity and crop diversity to feed a growing world.

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InnovationsTurtleTree Labs sees cell-based milk as part of solution to feed the next billion peopleTurtleTree Labs sees cell-based milk as part of solution to feed the next billion people
On Pinduoduo's latest Agri Matters podcast, TurtleTree Labs CEO Fengru Lin talks about the food-tech start-up's plans and prospects for the alternative protein sector.

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InnovationsAlphabet’s new moonshot is to transform how we grow foodAlphabet’s new moonshot is to transform how we grow food
Alphabet’s X division - internally called “the moonshot factory” - announced a project called Mineral, launched to develop technologies for a more sustainable, resilient, and productive food system.

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InnovationsIs that beef really horsemeat? A look at the high-tech tools fighting food fraud Is that beef really horsemeat? A look at the high-tech tools fighting food fraud
Food fraudsters have found myriad ways to trick shoppers, but new rapid testing and tracing technologies may help turn the tables on food crime.

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Policy & TrendsFertilizer giant Stanley Agriculture targets home gardeners Fertilizer giant Stanley Agriculture targets home gardeners
Demand for gardening equipment from planting boxes to irrigation systems more than tripled on Pinduoduo last year.

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InnovationsThis startup is growing sushi-grade salmon from cells in a labThis startup is growing sushi-grade salmon from cells in a lab
San Francisco-based startup Wildtype will have to bring down the costs of lab-grown fish to make commercial production viable.

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Consumer TrendsIs China set for a boom in prepared food and meal kits? Is China set for a boom in prepared food and meal kits?
The market for prepared food may triple to reach 1 trillion yuan ($155 billion) in the next six to seven years, according to Guohai Securities.

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InnovationsChina moves to set standards for plant-based meat industryChina moves to set standards for plant-based meat industry
Food companies have stepped up investments in recent years to cater to growing demand for meat alternatives in China

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InnovationsClimate change seen as wrecking more havoc on food insecurity than Covid-19 pandemic Climate change seen as wrecking more havoc on food insecurity than Covid-19 pandemic
2020 was one of the hottest years on record, which saw African farmers face a surge in tough climate conditions as well as crop-destroying pests.

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InnovationsThis agricultural R&D base in China is three times the size of ManhattanThis agricultural R&D base in China is three times the size of Manhattan
Envisioned as the "Silicon Valley" of agricultural R&D, the Chengdu National Agricultural Science and Technology Center is the fourth such national-level research base in China

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InnovationsPost-coronavirus, how can we achieve food justice?Post-coronavirus, how can we achieve food justice?
The coronavirus pandemic disrupted the global food system and emphasized its structural inequity. Experts are calling for a reimagining of the way we produce and distribute food.

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InnovationsU.S. start-up Agrify eyes Nasdaq IPO amid indoor farming boomU.S. start-up Agrify eyes Nasdaq IPO amid indoor farming boom
Indoor farming is attracting a lot of investment as it does not require pesticides and consumers less water.

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Consumer TrendsDid pandemic isolation fuel the rise of social commerce?Did pandemic isolation fuel the rise of social commerce?
The idea of shopping with others online took off during the pandemic when people craved social interaction, says Insead professor

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InnovationsInsect smoothie, anyone? Europe rules bugs can be grubInsect smoothie, anyone? Europe rules bugs can be grub
Investments have poured into insect farming in recent years, driven by rising concerns over environmental and social costs of producing cattle, pigs and poultry.

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InnovationsAfrican agritech startup AquaFarms bets on aquaponics to replace imported greens, create jobsAfrican agritech startup AquaFarms bets on aquaponics to replace imported greens, create jobs
An African startup is betting sustainable farming techniques that produce fish together with exotic vegetables will help improve the lives of local youth.

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InnovationsDoggy treats made from insect protein may become the next big thing Doggy treats made from insect protein may become the next big thing
Singapore firm Lam Tak gathers food waste from factories and feeds them to black solider flies to convert into raw feed.

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InnovationsThe daily grind: how to cut carbon emissions from coffee by 77%The daily grind: how to cut carbon emissions from coffee by 77%
Weight for weight, coffee produced by the least sustainable means generates as much carbon dioxide as cheese and has a carbon footprint only half that of one of the worst offenders – beef.

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InnovationsJapan to play matchmaking role for midsize companies to spearhead digital transformation in areas like agritechJapan to play matchmaking role for midsize companies to spearhead digital transformation in areas like agritech
Industry ministry will also take the lead in helping Japanese firms invest in an acquire overseas companies, with target companies coming from countries like Singapore, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

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InnovationsTractors can change farming in good ways and bad: lessons from four African countriesTractors can change farming in good ways and bad: lessons from four African countries
Mechanisation can reduce work burden, raise prosperity and enhance diets. But there are also challenges such as soil erosion, deforestation and women’s access to tractor services.

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Merchant StoriesThis online strawberry store helped double the incomes of 70 farmersThis online strawberry store helped double the incomes of 70 farmers
A young merchant sold a lot of strawberries through e-commerce and in the process, helped a lot of farmers improve their incomes.

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Policy & TrendsThe happiest nuts in the world: How Mountain Hazelnuts is transforming the Bhutanese countryside The happiest nuts in the world: How Mountain Hazelnuts is transforming the Bhutanese countryside
Husband-and-wife team Daniel Spitzer and Teresa Law have built Mountain Hazelnuts into Bhutan's largest private-sector employer producing hazelnuts for export

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InnovationsHow Singapore regulates novel foods like lab-grown meatHow Singapore regulates novel foods like lab-grown meat
Singapore made global headlines in December 2020 by becoming the first country in the world to allow the sale of cultured meat.

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Consumer TrendsPinduoduo offers uninterrupted grocery services during Lunar New YearPinduoduo offers uninterrupted grocery services during Lunar New Year
Most retail businesses take a break during Lunar New Year, meaning many households have to stock up ahead of the weeklong holiday.

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Consumer TrendsIs China set for a boom in prepared food and meal kits? Is China set for a boom in prepared food and meal kits?
The market for prepared food may triple to reach 1 trillion yuan ($155 billion) in the next six to seven years, according to Guohai Securities.

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Consumer TrendsDid pandemic isolation fuel the rise of social commerce?Did pandemic isolation fuel the rise of social commerce?
The idea of shopping with others online took off during the pandemic when people craved social interaction, says Insead professor

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Merchant StoriesThis online strawberry store helped double the incomes of 70 farmersThis online strawberry store helped double the incomes of 70 farmers
A young merchant sold a lot of strawberries through e-commerce and in the process, helped a lot of farmers improve their incomes.

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Consumer TrendsWhat do China's young consumers want in their brands? What do China's young consumers want in their brands?
The generation born in the 1990s has become the biggest group of internet users in China, making what they like and dislike an important topic of study for marketers, researchers, and policymakers ali

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Consumer TrendsWhat holiday shopping looks like in pandemic-hit 2020What holiday shopping looks like in pandemic-hit 2020
The pandemic is pushing more shopping online as a fresh wave of Covid-19-related lockdowns create uncertainties heading into year-end holiday shopping season.

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Merchant StoriesIt could have gone all pear-shaped for this fruit merchant if not for e-commerce It could have gone all pear-shaped for this fruit merchant if not for e-commerce
An export ban that saddled this pear supplier with excess stock turned out to be a blessing in disguise because foray into e-commerce helped avert a crisis when the pandemic hit.

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Merchant StoriesHow an apple farmer’s son grew the family business through e-commerceHow an apple farmer’s son grew the family business through e-commerce
Upon returning to China after completing his graduate studies, Yu Kai built an e-commerce business selling top-quality apples to China's discerning consumers.

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Merchant StoriesSany Group set to more than double heavy truck sales with help from Pinduoduo Sany Group set to more than double heavy truck sales with help from Pinduoduo
Sany, which recently opened its flagship store on Pinduoduo, sold almost a hundred of its heavy trucks through a three-hour Pinduoduo livestreaming session that attracted 3.7 million viewers.

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Consumer TrendsPinduoduo offers taste of Italy's "sweet life" with national pavilion Pinduoduo offers taste of Italy's "sweet life" with national pavilion
Pinduoduo showcases Italy's gourmet food and wines as part of its efforts to source high-quality products for its 731 million consumers

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Merchant StoriesChina's favorite mosquito repellent attracts new fans China's favorite mosquito repellent attracts new fans
E-commerce platforms like Pinduoduo are helping heritage brands like Liushen to attract a new generation of consumers.

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Consumer TrendsHow consumers engage in instant messaging-based social commerceHow consumers engage in instant messaging-based social commerce
Stanford PhD candidate Hancheng Cao on how IM-based social commerce affects consumer purchasing decisions and relationships.

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Consumer TrendsHow does Pinduoduo's grocery shopping service Duo Duo Maicai work? How does Pinduoduo's grocery shopping service Duo Duo Maicai work?
Online grocery shopping has taken off in China in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown, making it one of the fastest-growing segments for e-commerce

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Consumer TrendsGrocery e-commerce surges in China as Covid-19 disrupts lifetime habitsGrocery e-commerce surges in China as Covid-19 disrupts lifetime habits
Going to the wet market or supermarket to buy groceries remains an entrenched habit for many households in China. But that's set to change as e-commerce takes aim at grocery shopping.

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Consumer TrendsPinduoduo to promote Denmark's finest to 700 million consumers Pinduoduo to promote Denmark's finest to 700 million consumers
Pinduoduo started its cross-border e-commerce business last year and has made progress in connecting overseas brands and products to Chinese consumers.

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Consumer TrendsJapan's consumers are finally starting to shop onlineJapan's consumers are finally starting to shop online
Japan has been slow to adopt e-commerce and cashless payment despite its reputation as a tech powerhouse

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Consumer TrendsThe past, present and future of video commerceThe past, present and future of video commerce
The most innovative platforms in the past decade have replaced static video with livestreaming

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Consumer TrendsWhat the US can learn from China on social commerceWhat the US can learn from China on social commerce
China has a far more advanced influencer economy than the US that serves as a foundation for successful social commerce

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Merchant StoriesPinduoduo launches Indonesia pavilion on e-commerce platformPinduoduo launches Indonesia pavilion on e-commerce platform
Pinduoduo organizes livestreaming session to promote Indonesian products, attracting total of 450,000 viewers.

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Consumer TrendsIs the Pinduoduo model right for Southeast Asia e-commerce?Is the Pinduoduo model right for Southeast Asia e-commerce?
Social commerce is generating buzz in Southeast Asia, with prominent players and startups testing the waters

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Consumer TrendsThe real reason why many people bought gaming PCs during lockdownThe real reason why many people bought gaming PCs during lockdown
Lenovo Asia Pacific gaming lead Ian Tan on how the pandemic has forced businesses to retool their customer shopping experience

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Consumer TrendsHow China's carpet manufacturers are winning new customersHow China's carpet manufacturers are winning new customers
Many contract manufacturers have found that catering to export orders and selling to domestic retail consumers are two totally different ballgames.

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Merchant StoriesMeet He Shuang: She gave up flying to become a fruit sellerMeet He Shuang: She gave up flying to become a fruit seller
From serving meals to serving up smiles - how e-commerce has transformed her life and enabled her to help others.

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Consumer TrendsExplainer: How Pinduoduo’s team purchase model differs from group-buying sitesExplainer: How Pinduoduo’s team purchase model differs from group-buying sites
PDD pioneered the concept of the team purchase, where groups of friends or even strangers can band together to buy something for a lower price.

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Consumer TrendsThe rise of social commerce in ChinaThe rise of social commerce in China
China’s social commerce market is expected to reach 2,419.4 billion yuan ($306 billion) in 2022.

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Consumer TrendsChina’s largest cosmetics producing region is now selling on PinduoduoChina’s largest cosmetics producing region is now selling on Pinduoduo
Baiyun district in Guangzhou, with largest number of cosmetic manufacturers, agrees to sell a variety of beauty products on PDD.

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Consumer TrendsMeet Michael Zakkour: He thinks American youths just want to have fun shoppingMeet Michael Zakkour: He thinks American youths just want to have fun shopping
Consumers in China expect e-commerce platforms to be more than just places to buy things online. They want to socialize, be informed and entertained as they shop.

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Consumer TrendsMeet Elena Gatti: “Doing what worked at home in China doesn’t work at all” Meet Elena Gatti: “Doing what worked at home in China doesn’t work at all”
Elena Gatti, managing director of Europe for Azoya, says challenges remain as many businesses have not done their homework well when it comes to China’s shopping culture.

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Consumer TrendsMeet Celine Lin: See how this Shanghai executive stretches her pay check with PinduoduoMeet Celine Lin: See how this Shanghai executive stretches her pay check with Pinduoduo
an executive with a real estate company in Shanghai, receives invitations periodically from her friends on social media to join them in so-called team purchases on Pinduoduo

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Consumer TrendsMeet Chengyi Lin: This INSEAD professor says Covid-19 may widen global e-commerce gapMeet Chengyi Lin: This INSEAD professor says Covid-19 may widen global e-commerce gap
Covid 19 has put a spotlight on technological transformation in a new era of remote working and online shopping, with China leading the way in innovation and Europe adopting a more cautious stand.

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Consumer TrendsHow e-commerce can help small businesses and farmers thrive in the post-pandemic economyHow e-commerce can help small businesses and farmers thrive in the post-pandemic economy
E-commerce is helping small businesses hit by COVID-19 understand their operations better and putting them on a surer footing for life after the pandemic.

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Merchant StoriesHome goods exporter bets on China consumers as overseas demand plummetsHome goods exporter bets on China consumers as overseas demand plummets
After graduating from university in 2013 with a degree in international business, Ms. Xu decided to strike out on her own and made her way to Yiwu, a hub for wholesale traders in Zhejiang province.

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Consumer TrendsMicrowave dinners and chips are making a Covid-19 comebackMicrowave dinners and chips are making a Covid-19 comeback
Oreos and Hot Pockets are having a coronavirus moment, as millions worldwide burrow at home on lockdown and reach for old standbys.

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Consumer TrendsIn China, youths are shunning extravagance for rational consumptionIn China, youths are shunning extravagance for rational consumption
A study by China Youth Daily and e-commerce giant Pinduoduo looked at the shopping habits of more than 57 million youth that were born after 2000.

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Consumer TrendsPinduoduo works with physical retailers to boost spendingPinduoduo works with physical retailers to boost spending
By having livestreaming sales staff explain the features of products and answer queries in real time, online consumers are able to purchase with more confidence.

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Consumer TrendsTelemedicine gets Covid-19 boost Telemedicine gets Covid-19 boost
India becomes latest country to legalize telemedicine as COVID-19 stretches hospital resources.

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Consumer TrendsVirtual tours gain popularity as tourism destinations showcase their sights Virtual tours gain popularity as tourism destinations showcase their sights
PDD plans to launch a series of livestreaming travel programs to promote travel destinations in China, marrying the interactivity of the medium with e-commerce to stimulate local demand.

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Consumer TrendsRevenge spending vs frugal consumerism in post-Covid economyRevenge spending vs frugal consumerism in post-Covid economy
“Revenge spending” gained popularity on Chinese social media as cooped-up consumers dreamed of splurging.

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Consumer TrendsPinduoduo offers $25 Covid-19 tests to support reopening of economyPinduoduo offers $25 Covid-19 tests to support reopening of economy
Pinduoduo has tied up with BGI, a leading life science company, to offer coronavirus testing to individuals and companies as China steps up efforts to reopen its economy.

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Consumer TrendsHow Covid-19 is closing the fashion runways How Covid-19 is closing the fashion runways
The fashion industry is having to contend with consumers hunkering down at home and cutting spending.

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Consumer TrendsLivestreaming hogs the limelight amid pandemic shutdownLivestreaming hogs the limelight amid pandemic shutdown
Live broadcasts over social media have become even more popular during the Covid lockdowns as more people stay at home.

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Consumer TrendsWill the coronavirus pandemic hasten the demise of cash?Will the coronavirus pandemic hasten the demise of cash?
Concerns about virus transmission via notes, coins and credit cards might push consumers to opt for noncash payments

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Consumer TrendsBrick-and-mortar grocers get a wake-up call with Covid-19Brick-and-mortar grocers get a wake-up call with Covid-19
China’s online grocery sales are expected to grow at a 31% CAGR to reach close to $200 billion. This is likely to accelerate in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Consumer TrendsHouse hunting in China goes hi-tech with virtual toursHouse hunting in China goes hi-tech with virtual tours
VR apartment tours saw a sevenfold increase in viewership during the Lunar New Year holiday period, while sales resulting from these tours rose 43%

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InnovationsSpinach leaves used as scaffold for growing lab-grown beefSpinach leaves used as scaffold for growing lab-grown beef
The groundbreaking research builds on earlier research in which human heart tissue was cultivated using the veiny skeleton of a spinach leaf.

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InnovationsMutant space rice is coming to a plate near you Mutant space rice is coming to a plate near you
China has planted around 1,500 rice seeds that went to space to study their genetic mutations in hopes they would yield better varieties of the grain

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Policy & TrendsMarvel star Robert Downey Jr. wants you to eat insects because they are good for youMarvel star Robert Downey Jr. wants you to eat insects because they are good for you
The Iron Man star says insects are a sustainable, affordable alternative to animal proteins, with the potential to disrupt the food and drink market.

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Policy & TrendsJapan to introduce certification system for plant-based meatJapan to introduce certification system for plant-based meat
Only 2% of Japan's population are vegan, but the popularity of plant-based food is rising as consumers become more environmentally and health conscious.

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PDD in AgriPinduoduo doubles agricultural GMV to record 270 billion yuan in 2020Pinduoduo doubles agricultural GMV to record 270 billion yuan in 2020
Pinduoduo extends lead as China's largest agriculture platform as pandemic pushes more people to order food and groceries online.

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PDD in AgriDuo Duo Grocery brings farm-to-table benefits to Chinese consumersDuo Duo Grocery brings farm-to-table benefits to Chinese consumers
Consumers can order groceries from a curated list of offerings from nearby farms, bringing a high-tech twist to the farmer’s market

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Policy & TrendsChina to support innovative research and development of GM crops China to support innovative research and development of GM crops
China is placing increasing importance on developing and owning its seed technology, likening seeds to the "microchips of agriculture"

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InnovationsThis art installation helps leeks to grow faster This art installation helps leeks to grow faster
A 20,000-square-metre light installation in the Netherlands is contributing to sustainable agriculture.

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Policy & TrendsPlant-based protein challengers in China need to invest in technology to stand out Plant-based protein challengers in China need to invest in technology to stand out
The plant-based meat industry will hit a wall with consumers unless it can offer substitutes that hit all the marks including flavor, aroma, texture and aesthetics, says Matilda Ho of Bits x Bites.

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InnovationsAleph Farms debuts world's first cultivated rib-eye steak using 3D bioprintingAleph Farms debuts world's first cultivated rib-eye steak using 3D bioprinting
Aleph Farms is part of burgeoning slaughter-free and plant-based meat movement aimed at providing alternatives to conventional livestock agriculture.

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InnovationsWhy small farms are key to the future of foodWhy small farms are key to the future of food
Small-scale farmers and rural populations are the best hope for increasing land productivity and crop diversity to feed a growing world.

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InnovationsTurtleTree Labs sees cell-based milk as part of solution to feed the next billion peopleTurtleTree Labs sees cell-based milk as part of solution to feed the next billion people
On Pinduoduo's latest Agri Matters podcast, TurtleTree Labs CEO Fengru Lin talks about the food-tech start-up's plans and prospects for the alternative protein sector.

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InnovationsAlphabet’s new moonshot is to transform how we grow foodAlphabet’s new moonshot is to transform how we grow food
Alphabet’s X division - internally called “the moonshot factory” - announced a project called Mineral, launched to develop technologies for a more sustainable, resilient, and productive food system.

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InnovationsIs that beef really horsemeat? A look at the high-tech tools fighting food fraud Is that beef really horsemeat? A look at the high-tech tools fighting food fraud
Food fraudsters have found myriad ways to trick shoppers, but new rapid testing and tracing technologies may help turn the tables on food crime.

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Policy & TrendsFertilizer giant Stanley Agriculture targets home gardeners Fertilizer giant Stanley Agriculture targets home gardeners
Demand for gardening equipment from planting boxes to irrigation systems more than tripled on Pinduoduo last year.

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InnovationsThis startup is growing sushi-grade salmon from cells in a labThis startup is growing sushi-grade salmon from cells in a lab
San Francisco-based startup Wildtype will have to bring down the costs of lab-grown fish to make commercial production viable.

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InnovationsChina moves to set standards for plant-based meat industryChina moves to set standards for plant-based meat industry
Food companies have stepped up investments in recent years to cater to growing demand for meat alternatives in China

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InnovationsClimate change seen as wrecking more havoc on food insecurity than Covid-19 pandemic Climate change seen as wrecking more havoc on food insecurity than Covid-19 pandemic
2020 was one of the hottest years on record, which saw African farmers face a surge in tough climate conditions as well as crop-destroying pests.

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InnovationsThis agricultural R&D base in China is three times the size of ManhattanThis agricultural R&D base in China is three times the size of Manhattan
Envisioned as the "Silicon Valley" of agricultural R&D, the Chengdu National Agricultural Science and Technology Center is the fourth such national-level research base in China

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InnovationsPost-coronavirus, how can we achieve food justice?Post-coronavirus, how can we achieve food justice?
The coronavirus pandemic disrupted the global food system and emphasized its structural inequity. Experts are calling for a reimagining of the way we produce and distribute food.

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InnovationsU.S. start-up Agrify eyes Nasdaq IPO amid indoor farming boomU.S. start-up Agrify eyes Nasdaq IPO amid indoor farming boom
Indoor farming is attracting a lot of investment as it does not require pesticides and consumers less water.

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InnovationsInsect smoothie, anyone? Europe rules bugs can be grubInsect smoothie, anyone? Europe rules bugs can be grub
Investments have poured into insect farming in recent years, driven by rising concerns over environmental and social costs of producing cattle, pigs and poultry.

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InnovationsAfrican agritech startup AquaFarms bets on aquaponics to replace imported greens, create jobsAfrican agritech startup AquaFarms bets on aquaponics to replace imported greens, create jobs
An African startup is betting sustainable farming techniques that produce fish together with exotic vegetables will help improve the lives of local youth.

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InnovationsDoggy treats made from insect protein may become the next big thing Doggy treats made from insect protein may become the next big thing
Singapore firm Lam Tak gathers food waste from factories and feeds them to black solider flies to convert into raw feed.

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InnovationsThe daily grind: how to cut carbon emissions from coffee by 77%The daily grind: how to cut carbon emissions from coffee by 77%
Weight for weight, coffee produced by the least sustainable means generates as much carbon dioxide as cheese and has a carbon footprint only half that of one of the worst offenders – beef.

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InnovationsJapan to play matchmaking role for midsize companies to spearhead digital transformation in areas like agritechJapan to play matchmaking role for midsize companies to spearhead digital transformation in areas like agritech
Industry ministry will also take the lead in helping Japanese firms invest in an acquire overseas companies, with target companies coming from countries like Singapore, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

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InnovationsTractors can change farming in good ways and bad: lessons from four African countriesTractors can change farming in good ways and bad: lessons from four African countries
Mechanisation can reduce work burden, raise prosperity and enhance diets. But there are also challenges such as soil erosion, deforestation and women’s access to tractor services.

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Policy & TrendsThe happiest nuts in the world: How Mountain Hazelnuts is transforming the Bhutanese countryside The happiest nuts in the world: How Mountain Hazelnuts is transforming the Bhutanese countryside
Husband-and-wife team Daniel Spitzer and Teresa Law have built Mountain Hazelnuts into Bhutan's largest private-sector employer producing hazelnuts for export

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InnovationsHow Singapore regulates novel foods like lab-grown meatHow Singapore regulates novel foods like lab-grown meat
Singapore made global headlines in December 2020 by becoming the first country in the world to allow the sale of cultured meat.

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InnovationsTechnology beats humans at growing strawberries in Pinduoduo smart agriculture competitionTechnology beats humans at growing strawberries in Pinduoduo smart agriculture competition
Technology teams produced 196% more strawberries by weight on average, achieved higher return on investment compared to traditional farming teams.

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InnovationsSoil health key to achieving UN Sustainable Development GoalsSoil health key to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals
Many of the SDGs, such as food security, water scarcity, climate change, biodiversity loss and health threats are closely linked to or dependent on soil biodiversity.

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InnovationsPinduoduo named digital agriculture pioneer at 2020 World Digital Agriculture Conference Pinduoduo named digital agriculture pioneer at 2020 World Digital Agriculture Conference
Pinduoduo has focused on agriculture since its establishment in 2015 and has become the go-to destination for high quality, great value agricultural products.

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InnovationsJapan approves sale of genome-edited food for the first timeJapan approves sale of genome-edited food for the first time
The gene-edited tomato contains five times the normal amount of an amino acid linked to lower blood pressure

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InnovationsPinduoduo explores deploying smart agriculture solutions from FAO competition to working farms in ChinaPinduoduo explores deploying smart agriculture solutions from FAO competition to working farms in China
The Global Agrilnno Challenge 2020, co-organized by the FAO and Zhejiang University with support from Pinduoduo, attracted more than 150 teams from across the world.

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Policy & TrendsHow e-commerce is disrupting agribusiness from Brazil to ChinaHow e-commerce is disrupting agribusiness from Brazil to China
One common “pain point” for agriculture producers across the different markets: How can growers break through geographical constraints and increase market access to capture more value.

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Policy & TrendsHow China's digital farmers can grow a post-COVID-19 futureHow China's digital farmers can grow a post-COVID-19 future
Mobile internet and digital technologies have had a profound impact on China’s rural economy, creating a wave of farming entrepreneurs

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Policy & TrendsWorld Food Day: 8 facts about global food World Food Day: 8 facts about global food
World Food Day is calling for global solidarity to help all populations to recover from the Covid-19 crisis

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InnovationsMimicked red algae enzyme used to boost crop yieldsMimicked red algae enzyme used to boost crop yields
Rubisco stimulates photosynthesis and plant growth and it has the potential to improve growth of rice and wheat by up to 30 per cent

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Policy & TrendsChina is facing a dwindling labor force to farm and produce radiosChina is facing a dwindling labor force to farm and produce radios
There are now more white-collar professionals, but farmers and blue-collar workers have decreased as a proportion of the workforce

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InnovationsA*Star's Ben Smith on developing low-cost pesticide tests with Pinduoduo to safeguard food safety A*Star's Ben Smith on developing low-cost pesticide tests with Pinduoduo to safeguard food safety
Pinduoduo enters research collaboration with Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation to develop a cost-effective test for contaminants like pesticides.

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InnovationsCan artificial intelligence grow better strawberries?Can artificial intelligence grow better strawberries?
Smart Agriculture Competition organized by Pinduoduo and China Agricultural University kicks off in Yunnan.

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LogisticsDemand for cold-chain logistics heats up with online grocery boomDemand for cold-chain logistics heats up with online grocery boom
The market for buying fresh food online is expected to surpass 1 trillion yuan in 2024 and drive up demand for cold-chain logistics.

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LogisticsPinduoduo files patent for cold-chain logistics systemPinduoduo files patent for cold-chain logistics system
Pinduoduo is investing in and working with partners to expand cold-chain logistics, warehousing and sorting facilities so that consumers can buy a wider range of perishables that require refrigeration

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Manufacturing (C2M)How century-old Shanghai Soap became a Gen Z favoriteHow century-old Shanghai Soap became a Gen Z favorite
Founded in 1923, Shanghai Soap is wooing Gen Z consumers with the help of data analytics from Pinduoduo

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Manufacturing (C2M)China exporters find promising market back home thanks to e-commerce China exporters find promising market back home thanks to e-commerce
Chinese consumers are increasingly willing to try out lesser-known brands that are of similar quality and offer more value for money

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Manufacturing (C2M)Pinduoduo accelerates factory plan with 1 trillion yuan sales target Pinduoduo accelerates factory plan with 1 trillion yuan sales target
Pinduoduo launched the New Brand initiative at the end of 2018 to help the growth of China’s contract manufacturers to build their own brands utilizing the e-commerce company’s market insights.

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Intellectual PropertyHow Pinduoduo keeps counterfeits off its platformHow Pinduoduo keeps counterfeits off its platform
Brands, platforms, trade associations and government agencies must work together to win the war against counterfeits

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LogisticsPinduoduo reaches out to remotest areas with China Post partnership Pinduoduo reaches out to remotest areas with China Post partnership
China Post will set up 150 bases within three years to help Pinduoduo improve sourcing of quality agricultural products

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LogisticsThe humble cardboard box gets its e-commerce momentThe humble cardboard box gets its e-commerce moment
The global paper packaging market is expected to reach US$88.7 billion by 2025, driven by e-commerce.

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Interactive FeaturesDuo Duo Orchard: Poverty alleviation in a game Duo Duo Orchard: Poverty alleviation in a game
The mini game rolled out by Pinduoduo in May 2018 explores a new model of poverty alleviation and supporting farmers

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Intellectual PropertyHow Pinduoduo is cracking down on online counterfeiting in ChinaHow Pinduoduo is cracking down on online counterfeiting in China
China is home to the largest e-commerce market in the world, this means it also has to be more sophisticated in dealing with counterfeiters and counterfeit goods.

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Manufacturing (C2M)Pinduoduo invests in “China’s Best Buy” in consumer-to-manufacturer pushPinduoduo invests in “China’s Best Buy” in consumer-to-manufacturer push
Pinduoduo will bring onboard the entire product range carried by GOME, and help the retailer source for suitable merchandise using the C2M model.

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Interactive FeaturesThe ultimate guide to livestreaming in ChinaThe ultimate guide to livestreaming in China
Livestreaming is flourishing in China as people use the medium to promote their businesses, and also connect better with friends and families.

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Corporate ResponsibilityA guide to the Pinduoduo Partnership A guide to the Pinduoduo Partnership
The Pinduoduo Partnership was established with the intention of providing guidance to future generations of management to champion Pinduoduo’s vision, mission and values.

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Corporate ResponsibilityPinduoduo recognized for work on alleviating poverty in ChinaPinduoduo recognized for work on alleviating poverty in China
Pinduoduo has focused on agriculture since its establishment in 2015, bringing a systems approach to addressing the inter-related issues of how to grow, move and sell food.

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Corporate ResponsibilityPinduoduo: Empowering farmers with an e-commerce platformPinduoduo: Empowering farmers with an e-commerce platform
A case study by the Singapore Management University on how Pinduoduo's dedicated portal has helped farmers during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Corporate ResponsibilityPinduoduo 2020 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) report Pinduoduo 2020 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) report
Pinduoduo's corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts are guided by the goal of promoting digital inclusion.

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Corporate ResponsibilityDigitizing the supply chainDigitizing the supply chain
Pinduoduo is helping producers save on transportation and storage costs by cutting the number of layers of distribution.

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Corporate ResponsibilityData protection and distributed AIData protection and distributed AI
Our technology infrastructure adopts a distributed AI approach, which we believe in the long run would significantly improve data security and better protect trivacy of our users.

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Intellectual PropertyHow Pinduoduo keeps counterfeits off its platformHow Pinduoduo keeps counterfeits off its platform
Brands, platforms, trade associations and government agencies must work together to win the war against counterfeits

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Corporate ResponsibilityHow Pinduoduo fights brushing and other illicit activitiesHow Pinduoduo fights brushing and other illicit activities
Pinduoduo has a zero-tolerance policy toward any form of fake transactions that attempt to manipulate sales volumes, customer review or merchant ratings.

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Interactive FeaturesDuo Duo Orchard: Poverty alleviation in a game Duo Duo Orchard: Poverty alleviation in a game
The mini game rolled out by Pinduoduo in May 2018 explores a new model of poverty alleviation and supporting farmers

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Corporate ResponsibilityFighting intellectual property violations Fighting intellectual property violations
Intellectual property rights protection requires a comprehensive carrot-and-stick approach.

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PDD in AgriHelping China’s poorest farmers get more for their toil through e-commerceHelping China’s poorest farmers get more for their toil through e-commerce
Duo Duo Farm is a poverty alleviation project by PDD that raises farmer incomes by improving productivity and market access through e-commerce.

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Corporate ResponsibilityRethinking the agricultural and manufacturing supply chains Rethinking the agricultural and manufacturing supply chains
Moving away from the traditional model of "how much can we produce" to "how much should we produce" by digitizating the supply chain.

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Intellectual PropertyHow Pinduoduo is cracking down on online counterfeiting in ChinaHow Pinduoduo is cracking down on online counterfeiting in China
China is home to the largest e-commerce market in the world, this means it also has to be more sophisticated in dealing with counterfeiters and counterfeit goods.

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PDD in AgriHow Pinduoduo is powering rural revitalization with its tech-driven Duo Duo FarmHow Pinduoduo is powering rural revitalization with its tech-driven Duo Duo Farm
The vision of Duo Duo Farm is to better connect farmers — the first mile — directly with consumers — the last mile, in so doing helping to lift farmers out of poverty..

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Consumer TrendsPinduoduo to promote Denmark's finest to 700 million consumers Pinduoduo to promote Denmark's finest to 700 million consumers
Pinduoduo started its cross-border e-commerce business last year and has made progress in connecting overseas brands and products to Chinese consumers.

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Consumer TrendsMeet Elena Gatti: “Doing what worked at home in China doesn’t work at all” Meet Elena Gatti: “Doing what worked at home in China doesn’t work at all”
Elena Gatti, managing director of Europe for Azoya, says challenges remain as many businesses have not done their homework well when it comes to China’s shopping culture.

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For BusinessHow China used technology to fight the coronavirus crisisHow China used technology to fight the coronavirus crisis
Be it drones, livestreaming or e-commerce, technology played a big role in China’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic

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PerspectivesConsumer-to-manufacturer revolution offers glimpse into retail’s futureConsumer-to-manufacturer revolution offers glimpse into retail’s future
Traditional retail can be a hit-and-miss exercise and lead to much waste. With C2M, manufacturers can tailor their products for a better fit to market demand.

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PerspectivesDigitization will unlock economic potential of China's vast agricultural resourcesDigitization will unlock economic potential of China's vast agricultural resources
A concerted effort is required to improve overall quality and differentiation, and to grow consumer awareness of China’s geographical indications for agriculture produce.

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PerspectivesPinduoduo CEO on the road ahead for China e-commerce after coronavirus pandemicPinduoduo CEO on the road ahead for China e-commerce after coronavirus pandemic
PDD will strive to bring the benefits of the digital economy to more people while staying relevant to changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

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InnovationsSpinach leaves used as scaffold for growing lab-grown beefSpinach leaves used as scaffold for growing lab-grown beef
The groundbreaking research builds on earlier research in which human heart tissue was cultivated using the veiny skeleton of a spinach leaf.

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InnovationsMutant space rice is coming to a plate near you Mutant space rice is coming to a plate near you
China has planted around 1,500 rice seeds that went to space to study their genetic mutations in hopes they would yield better varieties of the grain

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InnovationsThis art installation helps leeks to grow faster This art installation helps leeks to grow faster
A 20,000-square-metre light installation in the Netherlands is contributing to sustainable agriculture.

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InnovationsAleph Farms debuts world's first cultivated rib-eye steak using 3D bioprintingAleph Farms debuts world's first cultivated rib-eye steak using 3D bioprinting
Aleph Farms is part of burgeoning slaughter-free and plant-based meat movement aimed at providing alternatives to conventional livestock agriculture.

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InnovationsWhy small farms are key to the future of foodWhy small farms are key to the future of food
Small-scale farmers and rural populations are the best hope for increasing land productivity and crop diversity to feed a growing world.

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InnovationsTurtleTree Labs sees cell-based milk as part of solution to feed the next billion peopleTurtleTree Labs sees cell-based milk as part of solution to feed the next billion people
On Pinduoduo's latest Agri Matters podcast, TurtleTree Labs CEO Fengru Lin talks about the food-tech start-up's plans and prospects for the alternative protein sector.

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InnovationsAlphabet’s new moonshot is to transform how we grow foodAlphabet’s new moonshot is to transform how we grow food
Alphabet’s X division - internally called “the moonshot factory” - announced a project called Mineral, launched to develop technologies for a more sustainable, resilient, and productive food system.

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InnovationsIs that beef really horsemeat? A look at the high-tech tools fighting food fraud Is that beef really horsemeat? A look at the high-tech tools fighting food fraud
Food fraudsters have found myriad ways to trick shoppers, but new rapid testing and tracing technologies may help turn the tables on food crime.

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InnovationsThis startup is growing sushi-grade salmon from cells in a labThis startup is growing sushi-grade salmon from cells in a lab
San Francisco-based startup Wildtype will have to bring down the costs of lab-grown fish to make commercial production viable.

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InnovationsChina moves to set standards for plant-based meat industryChina moves to set standards for plant-based meat industry
Food companies have stepped up investments in recent years to cater to growing demand for meat alternatives in China

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InnovationsClimate change seen as wrecking more havoc on food insecurity than Covid-19 pandemic Climate change seen as wrecking more havoc on food insecurity than Covid-19 pandemic
2020 was one of the hottest years on record, which saw African farmers face a surge in tough climate conditions as well as crop-destroying pests.

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InnovationsThis agricultural R&D base in China is three times the size of ManhattanThis agricultural R&D base in China is three times the size of Manhattan
Envisioned as the "Silicon Valley" of agricultural R&D, the Chengdu National Agricultural Science and Technology Center is the fourth such national-level research base in China

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InnovationsPost-coronavirus, how can we achieve food justice?Post-coronavirus, how can we achieve food justice?
The coronavirus pandemic disrupted the global food system and emphasized its structural inequity. Experts are calling for a reimagining of the way we produce and distribute food.

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InnovationsU.S. start-up Agrify eyes Nasdaq IPO amid indoor farming boomU.S. start-up Agrify eyes Nasdaq IPO amid indoor farming boom
Indoor farming is attracting a lot of investment as it does not require pesticides and consumers less water.

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InnovationsInsect smoothie, anyone? Europe rules bugs can be grubInsect smoothie, anyone? Europe rules bugs can be grub
Investments have poured into insect farming in recent years, driven by rising concerns over environmental and social costs of producing cattle, pigs and poultry.

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InnovationsAfrican agritech startup AquaFarms bets on aquaponics to replace imported greens, create jobsAfrican agritech startup AquaFarms bets on aquaponics to replace imported greens, create jobs
An African startup is betting sustainable farming techniques that produce fish together with exotic vegetables will help improve the lives of local youth.

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InnovationsDoggy treats made from insect protein may become the next big thing Doggy treats made from insect protein may become the next big thing
Singapore firm Lam Tak gathers food waste from factories and feeds them to black solider flies to convert into raw feed.

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