Sustainable agricultural development in China: an assessment of problems, policies and perspectives

Jing Wang

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    Abstract

    The voices of Chinese farmers are generally absent in the debate and in the strategies for sustainable agricultural development proposed by government and scholars. This research assess in how far the Chinese governmental strategy for agricultural development and major alternative strategies address the sustainability problems of China’s agriculture in a comprehensive way. In addition, this research assess the perspectives on economic, social and environmental problems and solutions of Chinese farmers from different ages, levels of education, farm household types, and agro-ecological contexts. Finally, we assess the extent to which the Chinese governmental strategy for agricultural development and major alternative strategies address the problems as experienced by farmers from a broad range of contexts, and to determine how such strategies better could account for farmers’ perspectives. We concluded that, to be effective, a strategy for sustainable agricultural development must account for the perspectives and diverse conditions of Chinese farmers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • Maastricht University
    Supervisors/Advisors
    • van Lente, Harro, Supervisor
    • de Kraker, Joop, Co-Supervisor
    Award date18 Oct 2017
    Place of PublicationMaastricht
    Publisher
    Print ISBNs9789461597564
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Keywords

    • sustainable agriculture
    • small-holding farmers
    • agricultural policy
    • China

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