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Zhou, Mi, 2012. Has farmers’ livelihood improved? : case studies about the impacts of compulsory land acquisition on farmers’ livelihood in China. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



Compulsory land acquisition is an inevitable phenomenon in the process of urbanization in
developing countries. To respond to the establishment of Economic Development Zone and
the rapid expanding of urban area, lots of land has been acquisitioned in the recent decades in
China, as a result of which, large amount of farmers lost their land for agricultural production
and living, and have to seek for jobs in non-agricultural sectors.
In order to understand the impacts of compulsory land acquisition on farmers’ livelihood in
China, the study, based on the cases at two places in China, could represent the general
situation herein. One case is from Xiema Town which is located in Chongqing Municipality,
the other is the fieldwork in Dongfanghong Town which is situated in Changsha City. The
studies apply both the quantitative and qualitative methods together to explore the situation of
affected farmers’ livelihoods before and after the compulsory land acquisition.
The influences of compulsory land acquisition on farmers’ livelihood are multi-dimensional.
Though the affected farmers’ in the two cases demonstrated largely different attitudes to
compulsory land acquisition and the degree of satisfaction about livelihood after compulsory
land acquisition, there are common impacts on their livelihood, such as unsuccessful
employment, low social welfare, lack of supporting social network due to the compulsory
land acquisition. Meanwhile, the results revealed that the compensation plays a vital role in
their livelihood temporarily after compulsory land acquisition, however, their sustainable
livelihood is still worth due consideration.

Main title:Has farmers’ livelihood improved?
Subtitle:case studies about the impacts of compulsory land acquisition on farmers’ livelihood in China
Authors:Zhou, Mi
Supervisor:Kjellgren, Björn
Examiner:Bartholdson, Örjan
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2012
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM009 Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:Compulsory land acquisition, Chinese famers’ livelihood, Compensation, Policies, China
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Agricultural economics and policies
Rural population
Deposited On:26 Mar 2012 14:31
Metadata Last Modified:26 Nov 2012 14:35

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