Should rich countries be buying agricultural land in developing countries? That question is raised in a report issued last year by the Land Matrix Partnership, a consortium of European research institutes and non-governmental organisations.Monday, 21 January, 2013, 3:35am
Beijing has increased efforts to save the dwindling supply of arable land by rejecting almost 32 per cent of land-use applications this year.
The Ministry of Land and Resources, which just completed appraising land-use applications from 47 cities this year, had reduced by 31.81 per cent the total area applied for, Xinhua reported.22 Nov 2007 - 12:00am
Beijing has suspended an eight-year-old scheme that encouraged farmers to plant forests because of fears that it was eating too heavily into the mainland's dwindling farmland.12 Sep 2007 - 12:00am
Central government efforts to save the mainland's dwindling supply of arable land from urbanisation have suffered a setback, after checks reveal that local governments are not complying fully with new regulations.4 Sep 2007 - 12:00am
Land chief pledges crackdown on illegal conversion of land
The mainland faces a tough battle in its quest to retain enough arable farmland to ensure its food supply because of the illegal seizure of farmland by local officials who convert the land to commercial use.13 Jul 2007 - 12:00am
Beijing has approved guidelines for a second national land survey designed to determine the amount of arable land and ensure food security, Xinhua reported yesterday.15 May 2007 - 12:00am
Shrinking farmland threatens nation's ability to feed itself
Mainland authorities have warned that the continued reduction in the amount of arable land around the country is approaching the danger point at which China will not be able to feed itself.14 Apr 2007 - 12:00am
The number of contractual disputes over construction projects heard by the Supreme Court last year totalled 70,129 and involved 30.65 billion yuan. Many were land disputes but a breakdown was not available.1 May 2006 - 12:00am
The mainland's food supply could be at risk if more farmland is not found, officials have warned.
Officials said feeding the mainland's 1.3 billion people would prove a daunting task if the trend of decreasing arable land could not be halted.15 Jul 2000 - 12:00am