Zhang Hongzhou

Research Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University

Zhang Hongzhou is a research fellow with the China Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  He received his PhD in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. His main research interests include regional and global resource conflicts and governance, game theory, discourse analysis, and emerging technologies. He is the author of Securing the ‘Rice Bowl’: China and Global Food Security (2018) and co-editor of China and Transboundary Water Politics in Asia (2017) and China’s Global Quest for Resources: Energy, Food and Water (2016).

A farmer seeds rice with a seeding machine in a field in Wuyi, in Zhejiang province, China, on 12 April 2022. (AFP)

Does China have a food security problem?

After its major reforms in late 2013, China adopted a dual approach to safeguard its food security. But it has faced several challenges along the way. To cope with the situation, Beijing is diving deep into agricultural science and technology, exploring future foods, mining the potential of “blue territories” and getting local governments and citizens on board. But the proof of the pudding will very much be in tackling extreme weather and other external events.