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Models of Agro-industrialisation in China: the Case of the Cattle and Beef Industry

Scott A. Waldron

No 125031, 1999 Conference (43th), January 20-22, 1999, Christchurch, New Zealand from Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society

Abstract: The term translated literally as ‘agro-industrialisation’ is used both frequently and loosely by Chinese officials and academics to refer to a range of targets including agricultural integration and commercialisation. Support for the agro-industrialisation process has shifted agricultural policy to the extent that it now heralds the third wave of reform of the Chinese rural economy since 1978. This paper draws on a literature review of Chinese material and on extensive fieldwork material to discuss: a) what is meant by agro-industrialisation; b) how agroindustrialisation measures are organised and implemented; c) how this reflects the characteristics of Chinese agricultural and political-economy systems, and; d) the role of and implications for various actors (government, enterprises, rural households and co-operatives in particular). Discussion places particular emphasis on the Chinese cattle and beef industry.

Keywords: Agribusiness; Livestock Production/Industries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1999
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.125031

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