Agricultural structure and production

08 August 2018

Economies of scale in China’s crop production: implications for farm restructuring

The issue of scale inefficiency has consistently been the focus of government policy makings and academic research in China. This paper estimates scale economies in China's crop production and investigates the factors that influence it. These...

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08 August 2018

Entrepreneurial Failure and Follow-up Entrepreneurial Performance of Small-scale Enterprises of Farmers in China

Entrepreneurship plays an important role in economic development in transition economies. In rural China, farmers’ entrepreneurship has become an effective way to decrease poverty, increase farmers' employment opportunities and narrow the gap...

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08 August 2018

Trade Creation, Political Sensitivity and Product Exclusions: The Political Economy of Agriculture Protection in China’s FTAs

The most significant feature of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is that certain products are excluded from the agreement. Why do some products get more protection in FTAs? Using the highly disaggregated product-level data in agricultural sector of...

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Natural Resource Use

08 August 2018

Effects of land policy liberalizations on land use and farm structures in Sichuan, China

China’s rapid economic development in recent decades has been accompanied by massive waves of domestic migration from rural to urban areas. At the same time, low birth rates due to China’s one-child policy have led to a rapid aging of the rural...

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08 August 2018

Cross-border analysis of grassland greenness in Asia: Climate variations, grazing pressure, and land policy change

This project aims to map the spatial patterns of vegetation changes across the Asian grassland biome for the past three and a half decades, and by quantifying the drivers of these changes. The dynamics of grassland greenness, as a proxy of plant...

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08 August 2018

Farmer’s pesticide use and the role of incentives in China

China is still characterized by a large amount of small farmers which might result in higher costs of the public food safety system. To guarantee food safety, China has implemented some mandatory policies which provide standards of vegetable...

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08 August 2018

Wake up "Boiling Frogs": Research on Animal Husbandry under Climate Change in Northern China

Climate change has adversely impacted on grasslands and local households, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions. Therefore, there is an urgent need for international and interdisciplinary research to explore the impact of climate change on...

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05 July 2018

Mitigating environmetal externalities during agricultural transition

Land scarcity and increasing domestic demand necessitate the modernization and intensification of Chinese crop and animal production. These structural changes however also seem to intensify environmental stress caused by agriculture. This research...

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13 June 2018

Understanding the changes of agricultural land in China

In the wake of economic opening and rural reform, land management and land use in China underwent significant changes over the past decades. The objective of this research project is to understand the changes of agricultural land in China from 1980...

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Nutrition, food safety and rural welfare

13 August 2018

Poverty and social assistance in rural China

While China has made tremendous achievements in terms of increasing general welfare, some parts of rural population still face a high risk of poverty. One of the great challenges of implementing rural welfare relief is the identification of needy...

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13 August 2018

The Welfare Assessment of Food Safety in China

China pays particular attention to national food safety. Increased public awareness and transparency through media coverage have increased public participation in discussions on food safety issues. In a 2010 survey, food safety was listed as one of...

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