Emaciated Chinese boy, a victim of famine. Historic photo dating to the early nineteenth century.
Descriptions of famine punctuate China’s historical records. Conditions such as drought, flood, or war caused famine conditions, but official response (or lack of it) often exacerbated their severity. Since the late 1970s, death from famine conditions has all but disappeared from China, to be replaced by disorders more akin to those of modern developed nations, such