Chinese think tank warns of food supply gap by 2025

China is expected to have a food supply gap of about 130 million tonnes by the end of 2025 as demographic shifts see its urban population expanding while its rural workforce ages.
calendar icon 18 August 2020
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Worries about China's food supplies returned to the spotlight this month after President Xi Jinping spoke against "shameful" food waste, prompting a wave of initiatives by enterprises and local governments.

Maintaining food supplies is a major source of political legitimacy for the ruling Chinese Communist Party, but steady population growth along with rapid rates of industrialisation and urbanisation have put the country's increasingly scarce land and water resources under more pressure.

According to a recent study by the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, China's arable land use rose by 15.7 percent from 1981 to 2016, and could increase another 14 percent by 2032, when the population is expected to peak.

To guarantee food security, the Chinese government has sought to set limits to urban and industrial encroachment on rural regions, and it is also cleaning up polluted land and water to make more available for agriculture.

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Worries about China's food supplies returned to the spotlight this month after President Xi Jinping spoke against "shameful" food waste, prompting a wave of initiatives by enterprises and local governments.

Maintaining food supplies is a major source of political legitimacy for the ruling Chinese Communist Party, but steady population growth along with rapid rates of industrialisation and urbanisation have put the country's increasingly scarce land and water resources under more pressure.

According to a recent study by the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, China's arable land use rose by 15.7 percent from 1981 to 2016, and could increase another 14 percent by 2032, when the population is expected to peak.

To guarantee food security, the Chinese government has sought to set limits to urban and industrial encroachment on rural regions, and it is also cleaning up polluted land and water to make more available for agriculture.

Read more about this story here.

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