The effectiveness of China’s new food security strategy remains doubtful, as it might turn out to be extremely difficult, if not entirely impossible, for it to achieve absolute security or self-sufficiency in staples. China’s attempts to boost staple production could bring huge economic, social and environmental costs to the country.
In Surin and in other examples around the world, small-scale and low-tech production appears to have created the conditions under which the poor can reduce the poverty that has plagued them for decades.
China’s State Council issued a guideline for urban development on February 21. It states that “in principle, no more enclosed residential compounds will be built. And existing residential compounds will gradually have their interior streets integrated into the public road network.”
Vietnam and the Philippines have both prioritized universal health coverage on their health reform agendas. Both countries have been trying to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and are striving to deal with growing challenges of population aging and chronic disease.
The first set of policies aims to improve the targeting accuracy of poverty reduction programs. The second set of policies plans to have poverty reduction programs to focus on adjacent regions with disadvantaged natural and economic conditions.
On February 6, 2016, the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan was struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake. President Ma Ying-jeou announced that the Cabinet had drafted a new plan for anti-seismic reinforcement of construction and would push for further amendments to strengthen disaster prevention and relief measures.
The vast majority of FSCs in China are not authentic cooperatives, but shell companies, private businesses, or commercial enterprises. The considerable policy supports from the government since the 2000s have been ineffective in fostering a healthy cooperative system.
In 2007, China was taken by surprise when two large mobile phone and Internet-organized demonstrations put the last nail into the coffin of a multi-billion RMB petrochemical project producing para-xylene (PX) in the city of Xiamen.