A Study on the Arable Land Demand for Food Security in China | Land Portal

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Date of publication: 
Janeiro 2019
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ISBN / Resource ID: 
LP-midp002318
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© 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article

Food security is the basis of social stability and development. Maintaining sufficient amounts of arable land is essential for China’s food security. In this paper, we consider the relationship between arable land demand to grain demand and production capacity. The changes in national population, grain production, and consumption from 2000 to 2015 are analyzed. Then, we forecast the respective possible changes in the future and accordingly forecast the arable land demand in different possible situations. The results show that the pressure to maintain sufficient amounts of arable land in 2030 may be greater than that in 2040.The higher pressure is due to larger population and lower production capacity. To ensure food security in China, we insist on maintaining 120 million ha of arable land, the “red line” for food security, and improve the arable land productivity to ensure domestic production and self-sufficiency. In addition, residents should be guided to cultivate sound food consumption habits in order to control per capita grain demand. Lastly, we should also make full use of international resources and markets to relieve the pressure on domestic resources and environments.

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Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 

Chen, AiqiHe, HuaxiangWang, JinLi, MuGuan, QingchunHao, Jinmin

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