An exploration of livestock-development policies in western China

Komarek, Adam M., Waldron, Scott A. and Brown, Colin G. (2012) An exploration of livestock-development policies in western China. Food Policy, 37 1: 12-20. doi:10.1016/j.foodpol.2011.10.001

Author Komarek, Adam M.
Waldron, Scott A.
Brown, Colin G.
Title An exploration of livestock-development policies in western China
Journal name Food Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-9192
Publication date 2012-02
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.foodpol.2011.10.001
Volume 37
Issue 1
Start page 12
End page 20
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Limited agricultural land potential, poorly integrated markets and low rural incomes are all interrelated problems for agricultural households in western China. Within the wide range of development options available, this paper focuses on the impact of forage-growing subsidies and reducing livestock feed trade barriers on agricultural household incomes and enterprise mixes in the Qingyang Prefecture of Gansu Province, China. A heterogeneous-agent model is used to assess the local consequences of these two policies. Data from a survey conducted in 2009 are used as inputs into the model. The results indicate that a simultaneous reduction in livestock feed trade barriers and an introduction of forage-growing subsidies lifts net household incomes by approximately 10%. Different scenarios have different impacts on incomes, land allocation decisions and grain purchases, with heterogeneity also found among household income responses. Livestock-development policies have the potential to lift household incomes however there are tradeoffs between income and grain self-sufficiency.
Keyword Policy scenarios
Household incomes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 9 November 2011

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