Hao Haiguang1; Li Xiubin2; Tan Minghong2; Zhang Jiping3; Zhang Huiyuan1
Source Publicationfrontiersofearthscience
AbstractBased on rural household survey data from Taibus Banner, in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, this study separately categorizes agricultural land use intensity into labor intensity, capital intensity, the intensity of labor-saving inputs, and the intensity of yield-increasing inputs, and then analyzes their determinants at the household level. The findings reveal that within the study area: (1) labor intensity is higher and capital intensity is lower than in the major grain-producing and economically developed areas of eastern and central China; (2) the most widely planted crops are those with the lowest labor intensity (oats) and capital intensity (benne); (3) there are marked differences in agricultural land use intensity among households; a major factor affecting land use decision-making is the reduced need for labor intensity for those households with high opportunity costs, such as those with income earned from non-farming activities which alleviates financial constraints and allows for increased capital intensity. As a result, these households invest more in labor-saving inputs; (4) households with a larger number of workers will allocate adequate time to manage their land and thus they will not necessarily invest more in labor-saving inputs. Those households with more land to manage tend to adopt an extensive cultivation strategy. Total income has a positive impact on capital intensity and a negative impact on labor intensity. Households that derive a higher proportion of their total income through farming are more reliant upon agriculture, which necessitates significant labor and yield-increasing inputs. Finally, the authors contend that policy makers should clearly recognize the impacts of non-farming employment on agricultural land use intensity. In order to ensure longterm food security and sustainable agricultural development in China, income streams from both farming and non-farming employment should be balanced.
Document Type期刊论文
Affiliation1.Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences
3.Beijing Municipal Research Institute of Environmental Protection
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Hao Haiguang,Li Xiubin,Tan Minghong,et al. agriculturallanduseintensityanditsdeterminantsacasestudyintaibusbannerinnermongoliachina[J]. frontiersofearthscience,2015,9(2):308.
APA Hao Haiguang,Li Xiubin,Tan Minghong,Zhang Jiping,&Zhang Huiyuan.(2015).agriculturallanduseintensityanditsdeterminantsacasestudyintaibusbannerinnermongoliachina.frontiersofearthscience,9(2),308.
MLA Hao Haiguang,et al."agriculturallanduseintensityanditsdeterminantsacasestudyintaibusbannerinnermongoliachina".frontiersofearthscience 9.2(2015):308.
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