Achieving food security in China: past three decades and beyond

Zhou, Zhang-Yue (2009) Achieving food security in China: past three decades and beyond. In: Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Association for Chinese Economic Studies Australia (ACESA). From: 20th Annual Conference of the Association for Chinese Economic Studies Australia (ACESA), 10 – 11 July 2008, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

With a huge population but limited agricultural resources, China’s food security has been an important issue, not only for China but also for the rest of the world. Should China experience a major food shortage, its large amount of food imports could generate enormous ripple effects on world food prices and thus food availability to people of poorer countries that rely heavily on food imports. Thanks to the economic reforms that started in the late 1970s, China’s food availability has been significantly improved. For the first time in the recent history, majority of the Chinese people now have plenty food to eat. As such, it is imperative to examine China’s food security practice over the past three decades and such a study can generate experiences and lessons valuable for China and also for other developing countries in their efforts to achieve national food security. This paper, using a normative food security framework, reviews and assesses China’s food security practice in the past three decades, identifies weak areas that may undermine its food security, and proposes approaches that can further improve its food security in the future.

Item ID: 11088
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: food security; China
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Conference theme "30 Years of Economic Reforms in China: Retrospect and Outlook". This article has also been published as: Zhou, Zhang-yue (2010) Achieving food security in China: past three decades and beyond. China Agricultural Economic Review, 2010 (3). pp. 251-275. ISSN 1756-137X

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ISBN: 978-0-9805586-5-4
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2010 04:18
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140201 Agricultural Economics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910211 Supply and Demand @ 100%
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