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Food, Farms and Fields in China 2030: The Role of Agriculture in a Modernizing Society

by: Luc Christiaensen
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Agriculture and Rural Development Series
English; Paperback; 112 pages; 6x9
Published December 15, 2012 by World Bank
ISBN: 978-0-8213-9657-5; SKU: 19657

China's success in feeding its population and lifting its farmers out of poverty over the past thirty years has been nothing less than remarkable. But new challenges have presented themselves and old ones are resurfacing. First, farmers' incomes are ever more struggling to keep up with non-farm incomes - agriculture's 'farm (income) problem' - undermining social and political harmony and putting its smallholder model under pressure. Second, rising water scarcity and land degradation are rendering China's current agricultural intensification model unsustainable, saddling it with a rapidly growing 'field problem'. Finally, two bouts of double-digit food price inflation over the past three years suggest that aggregate domestic supply is struggling again to keep up with rapidly rising cereal feed demand for its animal production, testing its ambitions of cereal self sufficiency and hinting at a resurgence of the 'food problem'. But, as urbanization and income growth induce more protein-rich and diversified diets, new opportunities also open up for China's farmers, as their production is more remunerative and less land- and water- intensive.

This book advances a vision for China's agriculture in 2030 and a set of policy recommendations. Robust and broad-based growth in agriculture provided the backbone for China's take-off in 1978. How China will shape its agriculture in addressing these new and re-emerging challenges-the farm and field and food problems-will be equally consequential in determining its success in fulfilling its ambition of becoming a modern, harmonious, and high income society by 2030.

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