A market in Huaibei, Anhui province. Chinese investment in overseas agriculture is likely to continue, as a combination of rising food demand and reduced arable land in China makes it difficult for the country to feed itself.
CHINA is the world’s second largest economy, but ironically, food security is emerging as one of the main concerns for China’s communist leaders. During a visit to an Argentinian farm last July, President Xi Jinping said: “If China is going to grow, it must solve its grain problem for its 1.3 billion population first.” Measures taken by China to address the problem – going to the world – may not be a panacea.
As China grows wealthier, food consumption and diet have undergone a dramatic transformation.
Between 1985 and 2005, meat consumption in China quadrupled, reaching 59.5kg per person a year, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. Meat consumption is likely to continue rising as more Chinese join the ranks of the expanding middle class. By 2020, meat consumption is expected to grow by 35 per cent from current levels. The Chinese are also developing a voracious appetite for certain delicacies taken for granted in the West, such as coffee, spices, vegetables like asparagus and exotic fruits like avocados and blueberries.
China is home to 22 per cent of the world’s population, but possesses around 7 per cent of its arable land – 334.6 million ha. And, in recent years, its arable land has been shrinking as a result of serious environmental damage such as soil erosion, deforestation and pollution of rivers and lakes. In November, Chinese officials said more than 40 per cent of China’s arable land is suffering from degradation.
(All Agencies) (Dated 18th Feb 2014)
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