ICARDC was formerly known as ECARDC or the European Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development in China. At the 12th bi-annual conference in Tianjin, its name was changed to ICARDC to reflect the growing international importance of Chinese agriculture and rural development. The association was established in 1989 and since then has organized many well-visited international conferences in and outside of China. In addition, ICARDC has also led to numerous publications on the multi-faceted aspects of China’s agricultural and rural development. ICARDC hosts a mailing list to which currently over 400 members are subscribed.