The ERS China agricultural and economic database is a collection of agricultural-related data from official statistical publications of the People's Republic of China. Most of these data items are published only in China; some are only available in Chinese-language publications. This product is a partial update of Agricultural Statistics of the People's Republic of China, 1949-90, USDA/ERS Statistical Bulletin 844, December 1992.
In the database, there are 250 items available at the national level, and 45 crop, livestock, agricultural output, and population items available at the provincial level.
Why This Product Is Important
China is one of the world's most important agricultural economies and a major player in international markets for many agricultural commodities. Analysts and policy professionals around the world need information about the rapidly changing Chinese economy, but statistics are often published only in China and sometimes only in Chinese-language publications. This product assembles a wide variety of data items covering production, inputs, prices, food consumption, output of industrial products relevant to the agricultural sector, and the macroeconomy.
ERS attempts to ensure the quality and timeliness of this database but cannot guarantee the statistics in the database are accurate or up to date. The data are subject to revisions by statistical authorities in China and may be of questionable accuracy. Users should familiarize themselves with the potential inaccuracies and limitations of China's statistical data.
ERS China data collection, reporting, and interpretation has been aided by close ties with important statistical and market analysis agencies in the People's Republic of China, including the National Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Agriculture, and National Grain and Oils Information Center. Travel to China and acquisition of publications has been aided by financial support from USDA's Emerging Markets Program and the U.S.-China scientific exchange program.