Demographic Changes in China’s Farmers: The Future of Farming in China

Zhengzhou Yang


Farming in China is at a crossroad. Indeed, statistically speaking, the rural population is declining, the average age of farmers is rising, and fewer young people are choosing farming as a vocation. Furthermore, it is projected that the number of farmers in China will continue to decline. As a result, if there are no effective policies put into place to attract the younger generation into farming, China’s ability to produce enough food for its people and sustain agriculture development as a whole, along with the overall development of China, will be severely threatened.

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