Frank-Jürgen Richter: How China can be a model of food sustainability for the developing world

Frank-Jürgen Richter, founder and chairman of Horasis, a global visions community, recently shared his insights on how China can be a model of food sustainability for the developing world with his co-op piece at SCMP.


China, with its penchant for strongly devolved central management, can define a model of “food aid” that will support its own increasing demand for food from decreasing agricultural space (due to housing and industrial spread) and may increase the export of crops. By lifting yields at local levels, the rural population will become wealthier and healthier – while their excess crops can be consolidated in market hubs for effective distribution. This will reduce the losses “from field to fork” which, in India, are often said to be about 40 per cent of the original crop.

The Chinese model, supported by Chinese loans and Chinese managers, could be “exported” to countries across Asia and Africa to boost their local food production and prevent early deaths due to malnutrition. It will not be a panacea but a positive route to sustainability in regions predicted to have population growth. And such aid will show China to be an even better global citizen.

Read the full SCMP article here…

Frank-Jürgen Richter

Dr. Frank-Jürgen Richter is the Chairman of Horasis: The Global Visions Community. Horasis is an independent international organization committed to enacting visions for a sustainable future. Horasis is using its unrivalled history of partnership with corporations from emerging markets to create a powerful platform for cooperation between emerging and developed markets. The flagship events are the Horasis Annual Meeting as well as regional summits focusing on China, India, Russia and the Arab world.

Prior to founding Horasis, Dr. Richter was a Director of the World Economic Forum. During this time he has developed an extensive experience and knowledge on the world’s economic, business and political scene and of its key players. Under his leadership, the Forum’s Summits in Asia and the Asia part of ‘Davos’ have evolved to facilitate the exchange of expertise between leaders in business, government, and civil society.

He has lived, studied and worked in Asia for almost a decade, principally in Tokyo and in Beijing where he developed and managed European Multinationals’ China operations. As one of the leading analysts of international business and emerging economies, he influences major business and governmental decisions with his public commentary. He has a thorough understanding of how the world functions today – an understanding created through an on-going interaction with top business, political and intellectual leaders around the world. Dr. Richter is also an active scholar and has authored and edited a series of best-selling books on global strategy and Asian business. His most recent books include: Global Future, Six Billion Minds and Recreating Asia.

Dr. Richter was educated in Germany (his home country), France, Mexico and Japan. He is a fluent Mandarin and Japanese speaker.

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