Between 1991 and 1994, China has experienced an unprecedented upsurge of land development programs that resulted in drastic loss of farmland nationwide. The Peral River Delta region of China has been leading this development and has lost enormous prime agricultural land. This paper attempts to analyze the problem from an institutional perspective. A schematic framework has been constructed to scrutinize the major causes leading to farmland loss in the Pearl River Delta area, one of the most prosperous and dynamic regions in China. The focus is on the workings of the institutional factors, which have already formed a vicious circle, that increases the vulnerability of farmland in China. In order to protect China’s precious and increasingly vulnerable farmland from dwindling a breakthrough into the institutional or systemic process is eminently in need.
|Title of host publication||China's Regions, Polity, & Economy|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Study of Spatial Transformation in the Post-Reform Era|
|Editors||Si Ming Li, Wing Shing Tang|
|Publisher||The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|