Title

China's nutrient availability and sources, 1950–1991

Campus Units

Economics, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

10-1993

Journal or Book Title

Food Policy

Volume

18

Issue

5

First Page or Article ID Number

403

Last Page

413

DOI

10.1016/0306-9192(93)90063-H

Abstract

The rapid changes in China's economy and data availability have led to the need for a quantitative assessment of its food and nutrient situation. This paper first reports estimates of China's average per capita daily energy, protein and fat availability through yearly food balance sheets for the period 1950–1991. Then policy impacts on the nutrient changes are examined. Results suggest that China's nutritional status has improved significantly over the period, especially since the 1978 economic reforms. Government policy has been a key factor influencing the nutrient changes since 1950 and will continue to play an important role in China's nutritional improvement.

Comments

This is a working paper of an article from Food Policy 18 (1993): 403, doi: 10.1016/0306-9192(93)90063-H.