Mission to China

The present report contains the findings and recommendations of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food on his country visit to China from 15 to 23 December 2010.
In the report, the Special Rapporteur examines advances made, while paying specific attention to remaining challenges affecting the human right to adequate food.

Section II (on food availability) describes progress made in attaining self-sufficiency in basic food supply and challenges faced in ensuring the sustainability of agricultural production.

Section III (on access to adequate food) describes how, despite significant progress made in reducing poverty and food insecurity, situations of food insecurity still occur among poor rural and urban households, and how efforts are made to address this challenge, including though the gradual establishment of a social protection system covering all urban and rural residents and measures to protect migrant workers.

Section IV (on adequacy of available food) considers how China has significantly reduced malnutrition and faces new challenges associated with changing diets (nutrition transition) and food safety.

Section V (on sustainability) addresses challenges related to increasing land degradation, the pollution of arable land and climate change.

Section VI (on ensuring security of tenure and access to land) examines the problems related to security of tenure for people in rural areas who rely on agricultural land for their livelihood, and specific threats faced by nomadic herders and rural residents under resettlement/rehousing policies.


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"Mission to China", Report presented at the 19th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, also available in Chinese, French, and Spanish