We believe that R&D and innovation will lead China from its current economic structure to where its 12th Five-Year Plan wants it to be
BEIJING (PRWEB) April 19, 2013
At the opening of the 2013 Beijing International Food Safety Forum yesterday, DuPont released a report that takes a detailed look at the country’s evolving Food Security Strategy. Written in collaboration with FORTUNE’s Content Marketing and Strategies Group, the report focuses on the strides China has taken in its mission to feed 19 percent of the world’s population with only 7 percent of its farmland. The paper also looks into the challenges in food availability and food safety facing China, as well as the solutions it is taking to tackle these issues.
The paper is the first of a series produced by DuPont and the FORTUNE Content Marketing and Strategies Group. The papers are designed to help shape discussions at the 2013 FORTUNE Global Forum, which will be held in Chengdu, China, between June 6 and 8.
According to the report, the proportion of Chinese suffering from hunger and malnutrition has dropped from 21.4 percent in 1990 to 11.5 percent in 2012. This remarkable progress will help China to achieve its long-held goal of 95 percent self-sufficiency in basic foodstuffs by 2020 with great confidence. However, more than 94 million Chinese become ill each year from food-borne bacteria, reflecting the severe status in food safety.
“China’s society is now in a transitional phase,” said DuPont Greater China President Tony Su. Food safety, food availability and affordability, nutrition and health, food waste and sustainable agriculture have become the five pressing challenges for China’s food security, accompanied by the acceleration of China's urbanization process and changes in dietary structure. To enable progress on a sustainable food security system, China needs to rely on enlarging investment in science and technology, expanding collaboration and developing innovative local solutions to address these issues.”
The report points out that China plans to spend more than 4 trillion yuan (US$636 billion) over a decade following 2012. According to the domestic media, the focus will be on: seed breeding, livestock production, agricultural transportation and storage, flooding, and proper use of fertilizer. This will ensure the sustainability of China’s agriculture and food technology innovations.
The report also calls on China to launch a global dialogue, one that engages every stakeholder in discussion and debate on a broad range of food-security issues and possible sustainable solutions – because solving the problems relies on the collective collaboration and innovation of all parties.
“We believe that R&D and innovation will lead China from its current economic structure to where its 12th Five-Year Plan wants it to be,” said Su. “And science and technological R&D for sustainable solutions is the only way to go.”
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