Dr. Veeck is an associate professor of geography at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008–5053.
CHALLENGES TO FAMILY FARMING IN CHINA*
Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
2000 American Geographical Society
Volume 90, Issue 1, pages 57–82, January 2000
How to Cite
VEECK, G. and SHAOHUA, W. (2000), CHALLENGES TO FAMILY FARMING IN CHINA. Geographical Review, 90: 57–82. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2000.tb00322.x
We are grateful for the support of Nanjing Agricultural University, the National Geographic Society, the Committee for Scholarly Communication with China, and the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Program. We also thank the farmers and officials of Huaiyin and Huai'an who participated in our study. Marylee Eggart of the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University was kind enough to provide graphic salvation. We dedicate this article to our friend and mentor Zhang Xigu, professor of agricultural ecology at Nanjing Agricultural University.
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
- Jiangsu Province;
- rural development
ABSTRACT. China's agricultural sector requires reforms to assure farmers and consumers of fair prices while protecting the environment and permitting sustainable growth in the coming years. The affluent eastern province of Jiangsu is an appropriate site in which to explore the effects of agricultural reforms on rural households and, in turn, the effects of these households on the environment. We compare two surveys (1987 and 1996), of 100 households each, of farmers in Huaiyin and Huai'an Counties, Jiangsu Province. Indicated are chronically low economic returns on grain, moderate returns for livestock, and the highest returns for vegetables. Unfortunately, the production of livestock and vegetables requires more farm chemicals, inorganic fertilizers, and placement of field plastic-all of which are associated with greater environmental problems.