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Review of China's agricultural integration development: 1978-2008


  • Kaiwen Feng
  • Jinhua Zhang
  • Huang Yingwei


Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to draw conclusions about China's agricultural integration (CAI) by looking back its processes stage by stage, discussing the problems related to CAI, in order to learn salutary lessons for the future of agricultural development, for the increase in rural income, and especially for the promotion of CAI. Design/methodology/approach - The paper comprises three stages: analyzing the process of CAI from the household responsibility system, to agricultural industrialization, until the stage of CAI led by farmers' co-operatives; discussing the related practice together with literature; and historically proving that there is no better way to promote CAI than letting it be led by farmers' co-operatives. Findings - The paper finds that, the development of China's agricultural economic organizations is owing to CAI, and can be studied stage by stage; the process of CAI proves that it needs to be promoted as a new style led by farmers' co-operative in order to increase rural income; literature review also gives eloquent proof of the above viewpoint; agricultural integration led by farmers' co-operative should be taken as a better way to upgrade CAI and to increase rural income, for it can decrease the benefit disputes that usually happened in the former type of agricultural industrialization. Originality/value - The obvious value of the paper is to show, by a historical review, a way to promote CAI and to increase farmers' income. A literature review finds these countermeasures comprehensively, historically, and theoretically. The information about CAI will be beneficial for people who are interested in the topic.

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  • Kaiwen Feng & Jinhua Zhang & Huang Yingwei, 2009. "Review of China's agricultural integration development: 1978-2008," China Agricultural Economic Review, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 1(4), pages 459-477, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:caerpp:v:1:y:2009:i:4:p:459-477

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