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China’s president Xi Jinping: farmers must have a bigger role in China’s development

Better links between urban and rural areas will ensure that farmers in China are seen as equal to city workers and that they can take a greater part in the country’s development than before, Xi said when addressing the communist party’s policy chiefs at a session of the Central Committee’s Political Bureau.

China’s rural population was over 618m by the end of 2014 according to government data, accounting for 45.2% of the mainland's total population.  However, the gap between rural and urban populations remains large, especially between the poorest and most remote areas and the country’s megacities.

Read more about the statement made by Xi in this article from the Food navigator.

See too our report on China’s changing food system – Appetite for change and its associated briefing papers.

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08 May 2015
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