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October 22, 1933, Conference of Food was opened in Nanjing. Food is an essential issue of economy. The population of China grew nearly 4 times from 17th to 20th century; in other words, agriculture also grew so that such population could be supported. On the other hand, famine happened from time to time, which is also an important issue for the government to solve. About the growth and challenge of modern agriculture, you may refer to our research finding: Wang Yeh-chien, "Agricultural Development and Its Crisis in Modern China". Furthermore, Wang also made a database on the grain price in the Qing dynasty for academic use, which could also be found in our website.
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