A Note: Reducing cropland abandonment in China – Do agricultural cooperatives play a role?
Cropland abandonment occurring both nationally and globally threatens food security and environmental sustainability. We explore whether agricultural cooperatives help reduce cropland abandonment, using data collected from 5,593 households in 229 villages in China. By estimating a two-stage residual inclusion approach, we provide evidence that the existence of agricultural cooperatives in rural villages reduces the probability of cropland abandonment and the abandonment ratio. Further analysis shows that cooperative effects on cropland abandonment and the abandonment ratio are heterogeneous across geographic locations.... [Show full abstract]
Keywords2SRI approach; agricultural cooperatives; cropland abandonment; Agricultural Economics & Policy
Fields of Research070106 Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness; 140201 Agricultural Economics
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