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Structural changes in the demand for food in Asia

Jikun Huang () and Howarth Bouis

No 11, 2020 vision discussion papers from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Abstract: This paper presents an overview of changing food consumption patterns in Taiwan and China. It finds that consumption of meat quadrupled in Taiwan between the periods 1959-61 and 1989-91, while per capita rice consumption declined by one-half. In mainland China, consumption of nonstaple foods such as meat rose 10 percent. How much of these changes in diet resulted from income and price effects and how much from structural factors such as urbanization? This question has important implications for accurately forecasting the future demand for food in Asia.

Keywords: Structural adjustment (Economic policy) China.; Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Taiwan.; Structural adjustment (Economic policy) Asia.; Food consumption China.; Food consumption Taiwan.; Food consumption Asia. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1996
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