China must ensure an adequate food supply for its 1.4 billion people – about one-fifth of the global population. In a post-coronavirus China, food security has become a more crucial political priority for Beijing, in line with the nation’s new dual-circulation strategy that places greater emphasis on security of all kinds. Particular urgency is being placed on guaranteeing the safety of the nation’s grain supply – its so-called rice bowl. Natural disasters, disease and external uncertainties are among the unpredictable factors that pose a threat to agricultural production, including livestock and crops.
First summit with Central Asian nations reflects how they can help Beijing while receiving an economic lifeline at a time of great geopolitical change.
The constant pressure to find ever-better crops has resulted in low-quality and counterfeit seeds dominating the market in mainland China.
President Xi Jinping says farm-industry technology may consolidate the country’s emergence as a world agricultural power and narrow the urban-rural gap.
With the country finding it harder to raise grain production, Beijing has to address why food worth billions of yuan is wasted on dinner tables each year.
Huge emergency fund set up after prolonged rainfall damages crops across China’s wheat-production base amid efforts to ensure food security, and the impact could raise prices globally.
Southeast Asian countries are confident that Chinese-grown tropical fruit will not replace imports any time soon, but they are monitoring China’s long-term progress just in case.
Provincial governors and party secretaries are told they must ‘shoulder the responsibility of food security’, as pressure from Washington and implications of the Ukraine war are straining China’s food supply.
Industrialisation and urbanisation have long taken a toll on Chinese agriculture, but aggressive acreage expansions are aimed at reversing the trend in the face of mounting threats to food security.
Delivery of more than 1 million pounds of corn comes after Chinese buyers cancelled hundreds of thousands of tonnes of US corn orders in the last week of April.
China plans to grow nearly 90 per cent of the grain it needs by 2032, while also reducing imports, with food security high on the agenda for Beijing amid rising geopolitical tensions and the Ukraine war.
A team of scientists from Fuzhou University in China’s southern Fujian province – one of the country’s biggest tea-growing areas – claims to have developed a solution to extract protein from green tea residue.
China will aim to increase its national soybean yield by the equivalent of around 75kg (165lbs) per hectare this year as part of a food self-sufficiency drive as it currently imports more than 80 per cent of the soybeans it uses.
A new variety of rapeseed – with a shorter growth cycle, increased cold tolerance, and earlier fertility – could help China take advantage of vacant winter farmland and boost domestic vegetable oil production.
US Soybean Export Council, with 105 members, will share trade secrets via an agricultural cooperation centre in China that aims to help American soybean traders compete with Brazilian rivals for China’s business.
China’s government is calling for a biotechnology breakthrough in the agricultural industry and stepping up efforts to weed out counterfeit seeds that are holding back innovation.
Agriculture companies in China say it will be at least 2024 before genetically modified (GM) corn can be planted commercially, despite a government push to overhaul rules surrounding GM seed breeding.
China is importing an ever-increasing array of non-resource products from Africa as part of a trade rebalance aimed at cutting deficits, but challenges remain, study says.
China has bought 4.39 million tonnes of US corn this year, compared to 6.36 million tonnes over the same period in 2022, while also recently boosting purchases from Brazil to offset the impact of the Ukraine war and to ensure food security.
China’s domestically produced seeds of corn and soybean are ‘more than 20 years behind’ the United States in terms of yields, Hubei officials say.
China is gearing up for the harvest of its first domestic durian crop this summer after more than four years of cultivation, but analysts do not expect the local industry to challenge Southeast Asian exports.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned that lessons must be learned from the food market turbulence caused by the Ukraine war, saying agriculture is a ‘national security issue of extreme importance’.
China’s ‘two sessions’ confirms top roles for Yi Gang and Liu Kun at the central bank and the Ministry of Finance as authorities confront financial headwinds.
A February decline in China’s consumer price index was broad-based, according to analysts who point to last month’s dip in food and non-food inflation, as reflected in official data released on Thursday.
China will increase the budget for its grain reserves by 13.6 per cent this year, as food security fears spread amid tensions with the West and market uncertainty stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
A severe egg shortage in Taiwan has seen the government import some 50,000 breeder hens, while supermarkets have started rationing supply.
Strongly worded annual document is the latest indicator of Beijing’s resolve to bolster self-sufficiency, out of concerns of being strangled by other countries in key areas.
International team reveals molecular mechanisms of the reproductive barrier in significant Brassicaceae plant family and develops breeding technology.
China’s annual soybean harvest increased by nearly a quarter in 2022 as Beijing ramped up its self-sufficiency drive, but agricultural officials say domestic output must continue rising to meet demand.