Drivers Behind Farmers' Willingness to Terminate Arable Land Use Contracts

Jia Gao*, Dirk Strijker, Ge Song, Shiping Li

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The shortage of land resources has become a serious problem in China's rapid urbanisation. A recognised method for solving arable land resource shortage problems is to encourage marginal farmers to terminate their arable land use contracts with the government so that they can be transferred to farmers with better prospects. This paper analyses the drivers behind farmers' willingness to terminate their arable land use contracts based on survey data from agricultural households in Guanzhong, Shaanxi Province, China, using a multivariable logistic model. Results show that households led by male householders, with large families, fewer agricultural labourers, more plots of land, including family members with non-agricultural skills training and including family members who are covered by rural residents' health insurance, are more likely to terminate their contracts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-86
Number of pages14
JournalTijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
Volume109
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2018

Keywords

  • Agricultural development
  • rural land use
  • urbanisation
  • farmers' willingness
  • arable land use contract termination
  • drivers
  • FARMLAND ABANDONMENT
  • FOOD SECURITY
  • INCOME INEQUALITY
  • SWISS MOUNTAINS
  • ECONOMIC-GROWTH
  • DRIVING FORCES
  • CHINA
  • URBANIZATION
  • MIGRATION
  • EUROPE

Cite this