Shrinking Farmland in the Pearl River Delta Region of China: Institutional Factors

Kenneth K. K. Wong, Simon X. B. Zhao

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChina's regions, polity, and economy
Subtitle of host publicationa study of spatial transformation in the post-reform era
EditorsSi-ming Li, Wing-shing Tang
PublisherThe Chinese University of Hong Kong Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9622018548
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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