The great Chinese leap
At the moment of joining the International Fund for Agricultural Development in 1980, China was a relatively poor country, struggling with the task of providing food for its numerous population. Then, over the following 35 years, the importance of Chinese agriculture in the global economy has risen dramatically.
Three decades of progress
China is regarded as a paragon of a developing country which managed to overcome malnourishment in the eve of the new millennium. The country is now the second biggest economy in the world. 18% of global cereal production, 29% of meat production and 50% of vegetable production in the world comes from China. Such success has resulted from long-term investment in rural area development, and in the fertilizers industry, which is indispensable for the agricultural sector to function.
Challenges for Chinese farming
China has dealt with the issue of food shortages on the market and is now facing new objectives – acting towards the improvement of the nutritional value of foodstuffs and the protection of the natural environment. Both issues are essential, as boosting the quality of food produced in China is necessary for those goods to be marketable globally. However, decisions and well-planned activities on the government level are required if this aim is to be reached.