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China Sets Development Blueprint for Food and Nutrition

14 February 2014

CHINA - Effective food supply and balanced nutrition are the priorities set out in the China Food and Nutrition Development Outline 2014-2020.

The seven year plan calls for priority products, regions and population groups should be specified.

And it says that measures should be taken to guide rational consumption with modern nutrition concepts, foster nutritional needs-driven food industry but conserve local diet of distinctive features as well.

The Outline reviewed China’s achievements and problems in food and nutrition, and set down the guiding principles for the next seven years - to meet the expectations of the people, to build up people’s health and to contribute to the building of Xiaokang society.

Relevant policies will be made to guarantee coordinated food and nutrition development both in food quantity and quality, both in production and consumption, and both in innovation and inheritance.

The Outline set goals for China’s food and nutrition development by 2020 in the areas of food production, food processing, food consumption, nutrient intake and nutritional disease control.

Up to 21 indicators are detailed, including 550 million tonnes for annual grain output, the availability of 135 kg staple food per year for per capita and 10 per cent above growth rate for added value products within the food processing industry.

The Outline puts forward approaches, sets up working mechanisms, and lays out specific measures to ensure its implementation.

This third outline, released by the State Council, or China’s Cabinet this week took over three years to finalise.

The drafting group was jointly led by Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), and composed of representatives from National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Commerce.

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