Environment, Water Resources and Agricultural Policies

Lessons from China and OECD Countries

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China's endowment of water resources is extremely low, poorly distributed, and increasingly polluted.  With agriculture being one of the main consumers of water, China's future development depends on initiatives that will raise the efficiency and efficacy of water use.  These workshop proceedings examine the current situation in China, look at what is being done in OECD countries to manage water resources, and suggest policy options for China.



The New Socialist Countryside and its Implications for China's Agriculture and Natural Resources

The 2006 State Council/CCCP “Number 1 Document” emphasises the “Building of a New Socialist Countryside”. This year’s document is particularly noteworthy as it sets the direction for China’s 11th 5 Year Plan and makes significant commitments to China’s agri-food sector and rural industries. While it also includes provisions to boost spending on health care, education and social security, the major focus is on improving the wellbeing of China’s farmers and redressing the imbalance in living conditions between urban and rural citizens.


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