Thirty years ago, China began implementing a series of reforms to improve efficiency in agricultural production. These, and subsequent, reforms reshaped China's position in the world economy. China's rapid economic development and transformation from a planned to a market-oriented economy, however, has reached a stage where further efficiency gains in agricultural production will likely hinge on the development of modern market-supporting institutions. The development of market-supporting institutions in China will bring about long-term and sustainable benefits to producers and consumers in China and the global agricultural economy. China is the world's largest agricultural economy, producing and consuming a wide range of agricultural products. China's role in international agricultural trade has implications for agricultural producers, consumers, and policymakers in the United States as well. This book provides an overview of current issues in China's agricultural development, policy responses to these issues, and the effects of these policies on China's growing role in international markets.
This book consists of public documents which have been located, gathered, combined, reformatted, and enhanced with a subject index, selectively edited and bound to provide easy access.