China's Food Security: Whose Problem?
Professor Bob Ash, Professor of Economics with reference to China and Taiwan, SOAS, University of London
Chair: Bernice Lee, Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resource Governance, Chatham House
Meeting its people's basic food needs has long been a core goal of the Chinese government. The speaker will examine the constraints on grain output growth in China, as increasing affluence brings profound changes in patterns of food demand. Against the background of rising international food prices, he will also consider the extent to which China may in the future have to increase its grain imports.