Food consumption structure and food security-through mediating effect analysis of agricultural R&D and agricultural investment

Bi, Wentai and Song, Yu and Liu, Yang and Li, Zongze and Zhang, Ying (2022) Food consumption structure and food security-through mediating effect analysis of agricultural R&D and agricultural investment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (19). ISSN 1660-4601, DOI

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Food security is the cornerstone that ensures the stable development of a country. Based on panel data of 31 provinces (including autonomous regions and municipalities) in China from 2015 to 2019, we use the mediating effect model to explore the mechanism by which food consumption structure affects food security. The results indicate that grain consumption has a significant promoting effect on food security, while plant and animal food consumption have significant inhibiting effects on food security. Furthermore, agricultural R&D and investment play mediating roles in the impact of food consumption structure on food security. Obvious differences exist in the relationship between food consumption structure and food security between urban and rural areas, as well as between Eastern, Central, and Western regions. Animal food consumption had a negative and significant impact on food security, with a stronger effect on rural residents than on urban residents. Compared with the central and western regions, grain consumption and animal food consumption in the eastern region had a stronger marginal impact on food security. This paper enriches and expands the research on influencing factors of food security from the perspective of consumer demand, which has important theoretical value and practical significance for ensuring food security.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Henan University Philosophy and social science innovation team (2022-CXTD-01), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (72273039), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (72103054), China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2021T140181), Henan Province Research and Promotion (Soft Science) Project (222400410481)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Food consumption structure; Food security; Food security evaluation system; Agricultural investment; Agricultural R&D
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2023 03:05
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2023 03:05

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