Food Security

Memories of 2008 food crisis push Asian countries to hoard grain

Thailand's government warehouses are bursting at the seams with 16 million tonnes of rice, about half of annual global trade. Photo: Reuters

Towering grain mountains in Asia, already large enough to feed China for eight months, are set to grow even bigger as governments persist in shoring up their safety buffers against hard times.

Friday, 11 October, 2013, 4:46pm

Party cadre Zhu Zhangjin pins hopes of food security on overseas farms

Zhu Zhangjin, Zhejiang

Zhu Zhangjin calls himself a farmer, but he has little time or love for mainland farm goods. Nor is he afraid to speak his mind on the matter. To show that he was neither lying nor exaggerating about the state of the mainland's food safety, he brought with him more than 300 samples of banned chemicals and contaminated food products that he had collected from farmers and producers in recent years.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:57am 1 comment

Bow to populism on milk powder

People repackage milk powders into smaller luggages outside Sheung Shui train station. Photo: Nora Tam

Why do mainland mothers so desperately want to buy baby milk powder in Hong Kong, even at vastly inflated prices? We all know why. They don't trust what's sold on the mainland. So what does the state-owned Global Times do? It savages the Hong Kong government for limiting outbound travellers to two cans to ensure local mothers have enough.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:32am 8 comments

Family farms seen as way forward for food security

Family farms seen as way forward for food security

The definition of "family farm" has become a controversial topic on the mainland after the central leadership promised preferential policies for them in its first policy directive this year but failed to say exactly who would qualify.

7 Mar 2013 - 4:43am

China must invest abroad for food security, forum told

China is facing an explosive demand for proteins, which will put enormous pressure on the production of corn and soya beans. Photo: AFP

China must invest overseas to ensure its food security, said speakers at the recent Asian Financial Forum.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:12am

Policies aired to boost food security and avoid overreliance on imports

Policies aimed at improving food security were mapped out at the Central Rural Work Conference over the weekend. Photo: AFP

Henry Kissinger once said: "Control the food and you control the people."

With the largest population in the world and a growing demand for food, China has made boosting agricultural production a priority for decades. If China controls its own food supply, it is less likely to be controlled by external forces, or so the thinking goes.

24 Dec 2012 - 5:05am

China to invest in farm-rich Australia

China's state-run agricultural conglomerate Cofco upped its stake in Australia's Tully Sugar to 99 per cent last year. Photo: Bloomberg

China, haunted by famines throughout its thousands of years of history, is hungry for food in farming rich Australia.

12 Dec 2012 - 3:44am

Rethink Hong Kong's food supply

Rethink Hong Kong's food supply

In Hong Kong, the problem of food waste has dominated our attention so much that we have almost forgotten about warnings of an impending food crisis and food security issues - such as families being able to meet even basic nutritional needs - that exist here and elsewhere in Asia.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:05am 2 comments

A healthy meal can be had by all, including the poor

In these times of spiralling inflation in Hong Kong, low-income workers and their children are struggling to eat nutritionally balanced meals.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Draining away our ability to feed people

There are all kinds of bubbles. We had the financial bubble that burst in 2008. There is the Chinese property bubble, which may take the world economy down with it when it bursts. But nothing compares with the food bubble.

9 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Having a hand in food prices

People are literally queuing up to invest in Glencore - the world's largest supplier and trader of commodities such as rice, wheat, sugar and coal. It is offering its shares for sale to the public for the first time today on both the Hong Kong and London stock exchanges.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

Suburban farms plan to fight food price rises

Beijing will increase farm production bases in key city suburbs over the next five years to offset the rising price of agricultural products, which coupled with a long supply chain have pushed up inflation recently.

23 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Campaign to check grain reserves

Grain auditors on the lookout for fraud are targeting lower-level governments to see whether grain purchases match national agricultural loan records in a landmark nationwide check on stockpiles, an industry source said.

3 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Preservation of farmland put on back burner

Economic boosters get priority

Beijing's 4 trillion yuan (HK$4.5 trillion) economic stimulus package would erode efforts over the next decade to preserve enough farmland to meet the country's food needs, a senior central government official said yesterday.

4 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Securing food a staple concern

The number of philanthropists who are interested in supporting food security in Asia has increased significantly in the past few months, according to Tony Ferris, UBS executive director and head of philanthropy services for Asia-Pacific.

20 Apr 2008 - 12:00am