Achieving food security in China: past three decades and beyond

Zhou, Zhang-yue (2010) Achieving food security in China: past three decades and beyond. China Agricultural Economic Review, 2 (3). pp. 251-275.

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Purpose: The paper aims to review and assess China's food security practice over the past three decades with a view of drawing implications for further improving its food security in the future.

Design/methodology/approach: A normative food security framework is used to assess China's food security achievements and examine any remaining and emerging issues in its pursuit for food security.

Findings: China has done well in achieving grain security in the past three decades. However, it cannot be concluded that China has achieved its food security according to the normative food security framework. This is because there are serious problems in the aspects of food safety and quality, environmental sustainability, and social stability. To achieve long‐term food security, China has to tackle the wide spread issues of unsafe foods and foods of dubious quality, environmental pollution and degradation, and the establishment of a social security system.

Originality/value: Examining China's food security practice over the past three decades can generate experiences and lessons valuable not only for China, but also for other developing countries in their efforts to achieving national food security. Issues are identified to which the Chinese government needs to pay attention in order to improve China's food security in the future

Item ID: 51224
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 1756-137X
Keywords: food security, China, experiences and lessons
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This paper was also presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the Assocation for Chinese Economic Studies Australia (ACESA) held in Tonwsville, QLD, Australia, 10-11 July 2011. The conference paper can be accessed through ResearchOnline at the related URL.

Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2017 05:18
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140201 Agricultural Economics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910201 Consumption @ 40%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910210 Production @ 10%
91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910211 Supply and Demand @ 50%
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