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Contract Farming in China: Perspectives of Farm Households and Agribusiness Firms

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  • Hongdong Guo

    (Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province 310029, P.R. China.)

  • Robert W Jolly

    (Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province 310029, P.R. China.)

  • Jianhua Zhu

Abstract

Contract farming in China has grown rapidly over the past 10 years. This paper examines the evolution of contract farming, and explores the incentives to engage in contract farming, preferred contract forms and contract performance from the perspective of both Chinese farmers and contracting firms. Firm and household perceptions of contracting are assessed using data obtained from village- and firm-level surveys. Farmers identify price stability and market access as the key advantages to contracts, while firms consider improved product quality as the primary incentive to use contracts. Comparative Economic Studies (2007) 49, 285–312. doi:10.1057/palgrave.ces.8100202

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  • Hongdong Guo & Robert W Jolly & Jianhua Zhu, 2007. "Contract Farming in China: Perspectives of Farm Households and Agribusiness Firms," Comparative Economic Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Association for Comparative Economic Studies, vol. 49(2), pages 285-312, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:compes:v:49:y:2007:i:2:p:285-312
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