How Chinese farmers can reap more than they sow

Consumer-driven organic farming practices in China have the potential to stem falling participation rates in the agriculture sector and help ensure the safety and sustainability of Chinese food production, a key Australia-China bilateral initiative has heard.
Dr Shi Yan of Shared Harvest Farm (Shared Harvest) and Manuela Zoninsein of Smart Agriculture Analytics (SAA) led a session on China’s food security challenges at the fifth annual Australia-China Youth Dialogue in Beijing last month.
The current statistics on China’s agriculture industry are alarming. China has only 7 per cent of the world’s arable land to feed 20 per cent of the world’s population; one-fifth of agricultural land is too polluted to safely grow food; the average farmer is nearly 60 years old and operates a plot of land averaging 0.5 hectares; and another 200 million farmers are expected to leave rural areas for the city over the next decade.
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