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Agricultural organizations and the role of farmer cooperatives in China since 1978: past and future

Agricultural organizations and the role of farmer cooperatives in China since 1978: past and future PurposeDuring the past four decades, agriculture and rural development in China has scored a great progress. Organization institution in agriculture is one of the domains with drastic innovations. The purpose of this paper is to map the emergence and evolution of various agricultural organizations in China since 1978. Development status and the trend of agricultural organization system are analyzed. Further, the role of farmer cooperatives is discussed.Design/methodology/approachData used in the paper are mainly from statistical yearbooks and documents published by the government including Ministry of Agriculture and Bureau of Industry and Commercial. Both descriptive and deductive analyses are adopted to achieve different analytical purposes.FindingsThe vast small-farm sector, co-existence of various types of organizations, and innovation of other organizations will continue and sustain for a long-time period in China. Despite the fast development of modern farmers and various organizations, it is important that traditional farmers participate effectively in modern agriculture. Farmers act collectively via a cooperative in a desirable way, which determines the central position of farmer cooperatives in the agricultural organization system.Research limitations/implicationsThis paper is a qualitative analysis on agricultural organizations in China, yet no quantitative estimation regarding the comparison of various organizations is conducted due to insufficient data.Originality/valueThis paper fills the gap of a comprehensive review of the emergence, development status, and trend of agricultural organizations in China. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Agricultural Economic Review Emerald Publishing

Agricultural organizations and the role of farmer cooperatives in China since 1978: past and future

China Agricultural Economic Review , Volume 10 (1): 17 – Feb 5, 2018

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1756-137X
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10.1108/CAER-10-2017-0189
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Abstract

PurposeDuring the past four decades, agriculture and rural development in China has scored a great progress. Organization institution in agriculture is one of the domains with drastic innovations. The purpose of this paper is to map the emergence and evolution of various agricultural organizations in China since 1978. Development status and the trend of agricultural organization system are analyzed. Further, the role of farmer cooperatives is discussed.Design/methodology/approachData used in the paper are mainly from statistical yearbooks and documents published by the government including Ministry of Agriculture and Bureau of Industry and Commercial. Both descriptive and deductive analyses are adopted to achieve different analytical purposes.FindingsThe vast small-farm sector, co-existence of various types of organizations, and innovation of other organizations will continue and sustain for a long-time period in China. Despite the fast development of modern farmers and various organizations, it is important that traditional farmers participate effectively in modern agriculture. Farmers act collectively via a cooperative in a desirable way, which determines the central position of farmer cooperatives in the agricultural organization system.Research limitations/implicationsThis paper is a qualitative analysis on agricultural organizations in China, yet no quantitative estimation regarding the comparison of various organizations is conducted due to insufficient data.Originality/valueThis paper fills the gap of a comprehensive review of the emergence, development status, and trend of agricultural organizations in China.

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China Agricultural Economic ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 5, 2018

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