The annual “Two Sessions” are a major event on China’s political calendar. This policy brief analyzes key themes related to agriculture and rural development discussed at the 2023 gathering and how they will inform Beijing’s policy agenda in the months to come.
Key take-aways include:
- Boosting the domestic supply of major ag commodities remains Beijing’s top concern
- Attention increasingly centers on feed rather than food security
- An administrative reshuffle is expected to strengthen tech self-reliance, including in agriculture
- Revitalizing rural areas is seen as essential for China’s “socialist modernization”
- Green development is still on the agenda but overshadowed by emphasis on increasing grain yields and food self-reliance
Author: Michaela Boehme (DCZ)