Tag: china

Contribution of improved nitrogen fertilizer use to development of a low carbon economy in China

Dr Xiangping Jia,
Professor Jikun Huang,
Professor Fusuo Zhang,
Dr Yuelai Lu,
Professor David Chadwick,
Professor David Norse,
Professor David Powlson
Summary The use of nitrogen (N) and other fertilisers has been one of the keys to achieving food security in China. Grain production almost doubled in China between 1980 and 2010, yet total fertiliser use increased more than four-fold in the same period. This disparity is partly due to changes in cropping, with a large increase in the area devoted to horticultural crops (vegetables and fruit trees) that are given large rates of fertiliser, especially N. But it also reflects the extremely high …


Cereal and soya bean production and food security in China: Challenges and opportunities

Professor Yuncheng Liao,
Professor Kadambot H.M Siddique,
Professor Lixiang Wang,
Assistant Professor Yajun Li,
Assistant Professor Xiaolaing Qin
Introduction China’s GDP has increased steadily since 1949, reaching 63,646 billion Renminbi (1038 billion US dollars) in 2014 to become the world’s second largest economy (1) (Fig. 1).  In recent years, China’s food security has received attention from researchers and policy makers (2, 3). In 2011, China had 20% of global food production (4). Future trends in grain production, consumption and import will affect food prices in the region (5) and food security is a high priority of …