Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Food security: A multi-faceted and multi-dimensional issue in China


Victor R. Squires *, Limin Hua, Guizhen Wang

Recieved Date: 2015-01-10, Accepted Date: 2015-03-22


This study on China, the country with the biggest population, the greatest area of desert and desertification and the fastest growing economy, covers many aspects of the food security issue. We begin by defining what is meant by food and what is understood by food security. The two main aspects (having enough to eat and being sure that it is safe to eat) are explored. The role and importance of China’s national grain reserve is highlighted and the vulnerabilities associated with climate change, urbanization and the impending water crisis are reviewed. The scourge of food wastage and the importance of changing the mindset of citizens receives attention. The aim of the paper is to analyse the critical role that food security occupies in China and the policy implications of some government initiated projects, including inter-basin water transfers and the merits of re-thinking the potential role of virtual water in international commodity trade.


Food safety, virtual water, water scarcity, arable land, green food, grain reserves, grain imports, hygiene, self sufficiency, water footprint

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2015
Volume: 13
Issue: 2
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 24-31

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