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Institutional Innovation and Policy Support to Facilitate Small-Scale Farming Transformation in China


  • Huang, Jikun
  • Ding, Jiping


While Asian food economy has been experiencing significant transitions, little transformation occurs in farm land operation. However, recent rapid emergence of middle and large farms in many regions of China is striking. Overall goal of this paper is to understand small-scale farm transformation in China based on a unique dataset surveyed in Northeast and North China. The results show that the institutional innovation through establishing land transfer service center to activate land rental market, supporting policies to incentivize and speed up land consolidation, and farm mechanization services are major driving forces in recent evolution of China’s farm operations. The paper concludes with policy implications on small-scale farming transformation in China and the rest of world and identifies remaining research issues for further study.

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  • Huang, Jikun & Ding, Jiping, 2015. "Institutional Innovation and Policy Support to Facilitate Small-Scale Farming Transformation in China," 2015 Conference, August 9-14, 2015, Milan, Italy 212029, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:iaae15:212029
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.212029

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