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Can China's overuse of fertilizer be reduced without threatening food security and farm incomes?

C.F.A. van Wesenbeeck, M.A. Keyzer, W.C.M. van Veen and H. Qiu

Agricultural Systems, 2021, vol. 190, issue C

Abstract: Since 1980, China has made impressive progress in increasing agricultural production, improving food security and reducing rural poverty. Increased use of chemical fertilizer has played a vital role in this, but presently fertilizer overuse is posing severe challenges for the environment and human health. In response to this, the Chinese government has announced policies to reduce chemical fertilizer use, while at the same time supporting rural incomes and maintaining food self-sufficiency in major grains.

Keywords: China; Sustainable agriculture; Environmental policy; Rural development; Food self-sufficiency; Agricultural modeling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2021.103093

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