Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2019, Vol. 10 ›› Issue (6): 649-656.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764X.2019.06.010

Special Issue: 中国耕地资源与粮食安全

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Sustainable Agriculture in the “Belt and Road” Region in Conjunction with the Sustainable Development Goals

CHEN Shaofeng1,2, LIU Yang1,*(), SU Liyang1   

  1. 1. Institute of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
    2. School of Public and Management, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
  • Received:2019-08-23 Accepted:2019-09-23 Online:2019-11-30 Published:2019-12-09
  • Contact: LIU Yang
  • Supported by:
    The Second Comprehensive Scientific Survey of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau(2019QZKK0406);The Research on Resource Bottleneck and Security Guarantees for One-hundred strategic Targets(Y9X0722601)


The countries along the “Belt and Road” (B&R) should devote their efforts to top-level planning in the field of agriculture, so as to ensure the sustainable development of agriculture in the region. This will require a precise assessment of the sustainability of agriculture along the B&R. With a view to understanding the concept of sustainable agriculture along the B&R, combined with the interpretation of the agricultural objectives contained in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this study uses statistical regression analysis and trend prediction to predict the social and economic development trends in terms of economic growth and urbanization in the countries along the B&R up until 2030, and the corresponding impacts on agricultural resources and the environment. The results show that the future prospects for agricultural resources and the environment along the B&R are not promising, and meeting the future food security needs of the region will be difficult. Only by adopting innovative policies and implementing strategic planning can the goals of sustainable agricultural development and food security by 2030 be achieved in this region. Therefore, countries along the B&R should formulate agricultural development strategies from three aspects: building an agricultural cooperation platform, setting up special funds, and innovating the agricultural cooperation mode, so as to achieve the sustainable development of agriculture in the region.

Key words: the “Belt and Road” Initiative;, sustainable development, agricultural resources, environment