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Jan 25, 2022 03:31 PM
RESEARCH & ANALYSIS

In-Depth Analysis: China Will Push for Greater Self-Reliance in Food

Farmers harvest rice on Nov. 18 in Nantong, East China's Jiangsu province. Photo: VCG
Farmers harvest rice on Nov. 18 in Nantong, East China's Jiangsu province. Photo: VCG

(Oxford Analytica) — China’s government insists that it faces a major food security challenge, despite impressive output increases and bumper harvests. President Xi Jinping last year called for “a sense of crisis about food security.” Behind such statements lies an awareness of environmental threats and natural disasters, a shrinking and ageing farm labor force, shortages of water and arable land, and food waste on an enormous scale.

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