A farmer harvests wheat in the fields of Qianzhuanmen Village, Fucheng County, Hengshui City, Hebei Province, north China, June 13, 2021. (Xinhua / Zhu Xudong)
BEIJING, October 17 (Xinhua) – Saturday was the 41st World Food Day. Global food security is currently facing major challenges due to a number of factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and regional conflicts.
China, as one of the most populous countries in the world, has taken effective measures and played an active role in ensuring global food security.
First, China has achieved food self-sufficiency by relying on its own capacity. China’s food warehouses are capable of supplying more than 1.4 billion people with enough food.
Through hard work, China has achieved record harvests for 17 consecutive years, with annual grain production exceeding 650 million tons for six consecutive years.
According to official data, China had a bumper crop in both summer cereals and early ice in 2021. The production of summer grain this year reached an all-time high of 145.8 million tons and was thus 2.97 million tons above the previous year’s level, while the country’s production of early rice reached more than 28 million tons, 723,000 tons above the level of 2020 lay.
As the largest developing country in the world, China has stabilized its agricultural industry and ensured the security of supply for the population with grain and important staple foods. Feeding such a large population is a great contribution to the food security of the global community.
Emmanuel Ahimana, owner of a Rwandan company that uses the Chinese invention of Juncao technology to grow mushrooms, poses for a photo with mushrooms at his facility in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, Sept. 9, 2020. (Photo by Cyril Ndegeya / Xinhua)
Second, China has actively helped the world achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of “Zero Hunger” and “Zero Poverty” while the country’s food production has steadily increased.
In Madagascar, the hybrid rice provided by China has helped eradicate hunger among local people. In Cuba, the moringa seeds given by China have developed into tangible fruits that greatly enrich the daily diet of the local population. In the Fiji Islands, the Juncao grass technology introduced by China has lifted a significant number of farmers out of poverty.
In countries, including those along the Belt and Road, China has increased agricultural investment and cooperation. In addition, China has helped many developing countries improve their production capacities. According to official data from the Chinese government, China has facilitated over 1,500 technology transfers around the world in areas such as crop production, ranching, water conservation for agriculture, and agricultural processing, benefiting over 1.5 million farmer households.
Residents of the Nigerian state of Lagos await the distribution of food packages for families in need, October 16, 2021. (Photo by Emma Houston / Xinhua)
Finally, China has promoted coordination of the international community’s actions, improved global food security governance, and worked with other countries to ensure a just and fair international food market.
This year’s World Food Day has the motto “Our actions are our future. Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life.” In recent years, China has worked steadfastly towards this goal.
China has made significant strides in reducing losses and waste in the production and consumption of food, with a focus on modernizing plant and equipment, among other things. In China’s 13th five-year planning period (2016-2020), data suggests that about 13 million tons of post-production food has been saved annually.
In addition, Chinese lawmakers voted to pass a food waste law in April. The law, which aims to establish a long-term food waste prevention mechanism, is vital to ensuring national food security. The “Clean Your Plate” campaign was also carried out across China to raise awareness of how to avoid food waste.
In recent years, China has shared these experiences and good practices with other countries through various channels. And China will continue to work with the rest of the world to maintain food security and work for a better world and a brighter future.
(according to Xinhua News Agency)