China becomes positive force in safeguarding global food security

BEIJING (XINHUA) – China has become a positive force in safeguarding the world’s food security, Chinese and United Nations (UN) officials said on World Food Day, which fell on Friday this year.

Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese government has introduced a series of policies to stabilise food production and ensure supply, which in turn guaranteed stable prices on the market, according to Acting China representative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Marielza Oliveira. E-commerce enterprises in China also took innovative measures to develop online sales channels for agricultural products, Oliveira said.

China has nine per cent of the world’s arable land and six per cent of freshwater resources, but it is able to feed 20 per cent of the world’s population, which is a significant contribution, said National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration head Zhang Wufeng.