2023, Volume 26, Paper 17
ISSN: 2209-6612

The Pork Value Chain in China: Strategies for Improvement

Mr. Liuqing Yang – Postgraduate student, University of Melbourne


China is a developing country with a large pork production industry and high consumption volumes, but the increasing demand for high quality pork poses challenges to the pork value chain in China. The aim of this paper is to assist industry development by conducting a pork value chain analysis, identifying the key constraints, and suggesting a series of strategies for improving the performance gap. The China pork value chain is described over the past twenty years through secondary data sources and reference to two case studies in Beijing and Shanghai. Three mapping dimensions are explored, including value, cost, and sustainability. The analysis indicates that the pork value chain in China is not performing well and needs improvement. By moving towards industrialised farming and slaughterhouses, pork safety and quality management, and reducing feed costs, China could be able to avoid potential pork surpluses or deficits at the provincial level and reduce GHG emissions. Meanwhile, the improvement of vaccinations and disease resistance may further reduce the risk of cyclical fluctuations in pork production. Additional value on pork products through packaging and certification may further shift market segments from wet markets to modern retailing as well as increase opportunities in the export market. 

Key words: pork industry, value chain, China, farming, slaughtering, GHG emissions

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