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The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China$
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Shenggen Fan, Ravi Kanbur, Shang-Jin Wei, and Xiaobo Zhang

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199678204

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678204.001.0001

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Food security and agriculture in China

Food security and agriculture in China

(p.299) 47 Food security and agriculture in China
The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China

Laixiang Sun

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines agriculture and food production in China. China’s agriculture has enjoyed steady growth for the last thirty years. Food production is on the rise and the food chain is becoming more efficient. The main challenge for Chinese agriculture in the future is meeting the increasing demand for meat with less land, less water, and less labour while addressing the environmental problems caused by the intensive application of chemical fertilizers and rapid industrialization. As a consequence, trade with world food and feed markets will have to expand. Simulations show that China will significantly increase it imports of edible oil, carbohydrates, and protein feeds, and probably expand its imports of maize for livestock feed.

Keywords:   agricultural policy, food policy, food supply, international trade, food markets, food production

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