The future of food and farming – Foresight Report’s implications for China

2011 - 2012

Project status: Complete

Funded by: UK Government Office for Science

The Foresight report on Global Future of Food and Farming, released in January 2011, highlights the decisions that policy makers need to take today, and in the years ahead, to ensure that a global population rising to nine billion or more can be fed sustainably and equitably.

Although China is perhaps the great-est food security success of the latter decades of the 20th century it now faces multiple challenges. These include increasing food demand due to in-come growth and changing consumption patterns, limited size and degradation of natural resource

The main objectives of this study are (i) to relate the global evidence on sustainable future food and farming provided by the Foresight report to the Chinese context; (ii)

to assess how far the policies and programmes put forward as part of the 12th Five Year Plan address the issues raised by the Foresight Report; (iii) to highlight particular issues and successful policy and technological responses that could contribute to China’s effort in sustaining the food and farming system; (iv) to identify potential areas for UK-China collaboration through SAIN; and (v)to discuss how progress on these objectives could benefit the rest of the world.

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