PhD defence

Arable Land Scarcity in China – the Role of the Land Rental Market

PhD candidate L (Liang) Tang
Promotor JHM (Jack) Peerlings
prof.dr. NBM (Nico) Heerink
External copromotor Prof. Dr. Xianlei Ma (Nanjing Agricultural University, P.R. China)
Organisation Wageningen University, Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy, Development Economics

Mon 26 August 2024 16:00 to 17:30

Venue Omnia, building number 105
Hoge Steeg 2
6708 PH Wageningen
+31 (0) 317 - 484500
Room Auditorium


Small family farms dominate the agricultural sector in most developing countries and therefore play a significant role in global farming systems. These farms often face restrictions on the amount of arable land available, which is also the case in China. Additionally, traditional land transfer practices based on familial and geographic ties can hinder efficient family farms from acquiring more land. Small farms might resort to intensive farming methods due to limited land availability, potentially causing environmental problems. The goal of this research is to understand and improve the rural land market and promote sustainable farming in China. This will be achieved by examining the factors driving the conversion of rural land to urban use, understanding the functioning and dynamics of the land rental market, and assessing its environmental impacts.