Suwei Jian and Richard Ferguson's report for PwC, "China's Agricultural Challenges" enlightens major issues in the Chinese food system.
Four specific points worth highlighting:
- If the Chinese meat consumption per capita were to equal Taiwanese, we would need an additional grain output equal to Brazil and Argentina current yearly crop.
- China is producing food for 20% of the world population with only 8% of the arable land and 8% of the world renewable water resources
- Because of water scarcity Chinese renewable water resources per person in certain Chinese provinces is already similar to Israel
- For most grains, yields have stagnated in the recent years, if not declined for certain crops.