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Irrigation Water Availability and Winter Wheat Abandonment in the North China Plain (NCP): Findings from a Case Study in Cangxian County of Hebei Province
Wang, Xue1; Li, Xiubin1,2
2018-02-01
Source PublicationSUSTAINABILITY
ISSN2071-1050
Volume10Issue:2Pages:16
Corresponding AuthorWang, Xue(wangxue@igsnrr.ac.cn) ; Li, Xiubin(lixb@igsnrr.ac.cn)
AbstractThe North China Plain (NCP) is the major winter wheat producing area in China. Abandonment of this crop has, however, become more and more prevalent in this region since the late 1990s. Although the underlying causes of this phenomenon remain little understood, irrigation water availability (IWA) has always been regarded as the key factor limiting winter wheat production on the NCP. The aim of this paper is to determine the role played by IWA in the abandonment of winter wheat, using evidence drawn from a case study in Cangxian County, Hebei Province. First-hand data were collected for this study from 350 households in 35 villages, using semistructured one-on-one questionnaires. Five types of irrigation water sources were defined and identified at the level of individual land plots: "ground and surface water", "just groundwater", "just rivers", "just reservoirs", and "no irrigation". These levels correspond to a decreasing trend in the overall frequency of irrigation and thus provide a clear proxy indicator for IWA. The results from a series of multilevel multinomial models show that the higher the IWA, the less likely it is for a land plot to abandon winter wheat. Specifically, using "no irrigation" cases as a control group, the results show that land plots with more sources of irrigation water also tend to be characterized by greater IWA, including "ground and surface water" and "just groundwater", and also have lower probabilities of abandoning winter wheat. In contrast, land plots with less IWA (less irrigation water sources), including "just reservoirs" and "just rivers", are more likely to abandon winter wheat. The results also show that, in addition to IWA, soil quality and plot size at the plot level, as well as demographic characteristics, farm equipment, and land fragmentation at the household level and irrigation prices at the village level, all play additional significant roles in the cropping-system decisions made by farmers. A number of suggestions are made in this paper regarding policy implementation related to integrative water management and transferred water reallocation, in order to achieve the twin goals of water conservation and winter wheat production on the NCP.
Keywordagricultural land use change irrigation water availability irrigation frequency multilevel analysis determinants winter wheat
DOI10.3390/su10020354
WOS KeywordAGRICULTURAL LAND-USE ; GROUNDWATER DEPLETION ; MOUNTAIN AREAS ; PRODUCTIVITY ; IMPACT ; REGION ; DETERMINANTS ; FOOTPRINT ; EXPANSION ; PIEDMONT
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectNational Key Basic Research and Development Program[2015CB452706] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41701092]
Funding OrganizationNational Key Basic Research and Development Program ; National Natural Science Foundation of China
WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics ; Environmental Sciences & Ecology
WOS SubjectGREEN & SUSTAINABLE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ; Environmental Sciences ; Environmental Studies
WOS IDWOS:000425943100077
PublisherMDPI AG
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/56987
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorWang, Xue; Li, Xiubin
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Key Lab Land Surface Pattern & Simulat, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Coll Resources & Environm, Beijing 100190, Peoples R China
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Wang, Xue,Li, Xiubin. Irrigation Water Availability and Winter Wheat Abandonment in the North China Plain (NCP): Findings from a Case Study in Cangxian County of Hebei Province[J]. SUSTAINABILITY,2018,10(2):16.
APA Wang, Xue,&Li, Xiubin.(2018).Irrigation Water Availability and Winter Wheat Abandonment in the North China Plain (NCP): Findings from a Case Study in Cangxian County of Hebei Province.SUSTAINABILITY,10(2),16.
MLA Wang, Xue,et al."Irrigation Water Availability and Winter Wheat Abandonment in the North China Plain (NCP): Findings from a Case Study in Cangxian County of Hebei Province".SUSTAINABILITY 10.2(2018):16.
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