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Food Security and the Modernisation Pathway in China

Towards Sustainable Agriculture


Part of the Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific book series (CSAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Marie-Hélène Schwoob
    Pages 1-25
  3. Marie-Hélène Schwoob
    Pages 27-65
  4. Marie-Hélène Schwoob
    Pages 125-174
  5. Marie-Hélène Schwoob
    Pages 175-209
  6. Marie-Hélène Schwoob
    Pages 237-249
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 251-265

About this book


This book aims at providing students, experts and practitioners with a detailed overview of agricultural and food security issues in China, analyzed through the lenses of a multidisciplinary approach that enables to fully grasp the current socio-political challenges and lock-ins of agricultural transformation towards more sustainable practices.

Confronted to a running decrease and degradation of its resources and rapidly evolving food habits, China became a net importer of food in 2004, and its agricultural balance has since become heavier every day. Beyond providing a comprehensive overview of these stakes, this book also presents consistent and original first hand research material, collected by the author during months of fieldwork in China, in the countryside and from various economic and political circles. Conclusions drawn from this often difficult to access) fieldwork shed light on the whole galaxy of public and private stakeholders taking part in agricultural modernization in China, on their interests and on the patterns of power that underlie the development and implementation of agricultural policies. 


Food Security Modernisation Pathway China Sustainable Agriculture Rural food processing Local control mechanisms Rural migration Agricultural cooperatives Community Supported Agriculture Biodiversity Party-building Educational countryside Farmers

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.IDDRIParisFrance

About the authors

Marie-Hélène Schwoob is a Research Fellow at Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales (IDDRI), Paris, France. She is also an Associate Doctor at the Centre de Recherche Internationales (CERI), Sciences Po Paris, France. 

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