The role of bamboo plantations in rural development: the case of Anji County, Zhejiang, China uri icon

abstract

  • Bamboos have often been viewed as inferior products, labeled as the "poor man's timber." Development groups have proposed bamboo production as an opportunity fbr increasing the wealth of the lower-income groups. This paper is a study of the household economy of 200 bamboo farmers in eight townships of Anji County in china. The authors describe the process of transformation of rural China from communes to the household responsibility system, the differentiated rate of development among farmers and the role of bamboo in that change. A multiple regression analysis was carried out to study the factors that influence farmers' incomes and their evolution. A warning is sounded against using bamboo production to target low-income groups, as well as relying solely on aggregated data when drawing conclusions on income disparities in China. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd. Ail rights reserved.

publication date

  • 1999
  • 1999