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Fragmentation Reduction through Farmer-Led Land Transfer and Consolidation? Experiences of Rice Farmers in Wuhan Metropolitan Area, China

College of Public Administration, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China
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Academic Editors: Vítor João Pereira Domingues Martinho, Paulo Reis Mourão and Nikolaos Georgantzis
Received: 9 June 2021 / Revised: 2 July 2021 / Accepted: 4 July 2021 / Published: 6 July 2021
Land fragmentation has become a serious obstacle to agricultural production, and land transfer and consolidation are traditionally emphasized as the two most effective solutions to this quandary. To identify the extent of land fragmentation accurately and systematically, this study selected the number of plots, the average size of plots, and the average distance between plots to calculate the land fragmentation index (LFI). Taking the Wuhan metropolitan area as a case study, this study examined the effectiveness of farmer-led land transfer and consolidation on land fragmentation. The main results are as follows: (a) most of the transferred plots and contracted plots were not spatially adjacent, suggesting that the tenants could not merge and consolidate both plots; (b) land transfer caused the LFI to increase by 2.85%, suggesting that land transfer had intensified the degree of land fragmentation to some extent; (c) if the transferred and contracted plots were non-adjacent or adjacent but unmerged and unconsolidated, then the LFI might increase or decrease; (d) if the transferred and contracted plots were spatially adjacent, merged, and consolidated, then the LFI decreased significantly. View Full-Text
Keywords: land transfer; land consolidation; land fragmentation; farmer-led land transfer; land consolidation; land fragmentation; farmer-led
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Zhang, C.; Chen, D. Fragmentation Reduction through Farmer-Led Land Transfer and Consolidation? Experiences of Rice Farmers in Wuhan Metropolitan Area, China. Agriculture 2021, 11, 631. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriculture11070631

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Zhang C, Chen D. Fragmentation Reduction through Farmer-Led Land Transfer and Consolidation? Experiences of Rice Farmers in Wuhan Metropolitan Area, China. Agriculture. 2021; 11(7):631. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriculture11070631

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Zhang, Chaozheng, and Danling Chen. 2021. "Fragmentation Reduction through Farmer-Led Land Transfer and Consolidation? Experiences of Rice Farmers in Wuhan Metropolitan Area, China" Agriculture 11, no. 7: 631. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriculture11070631

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