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LADM-based profile for farmland Tripartite Entitlement System in China
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Yuefei Zhuo, Zhongguo Xu, Guan Li, Rong Liao, Christiaan Lemmen, Cifang Wu, Yuzhe WuAbstractSince the beginning of the 21st century, China has undergone a promotion of industrialisation, urbanisation and agricultural modernisation. This promotion has triggered the mass migration of rural labour forces into cities, leading to the virtual situation of the separation of farmland contract and operation rights. To respond to this issue, the central government proposed a strategy of farmland reform in China. Such reform aims...
Using Q-methodology to identify rural women’s viewpoint on succession of family farms
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Roseli Azambuja Barbosa, Carla Heloisa de Faria Domingues, Marcelo Corrêa da Silva, Cristian Rogério Foguesatto, Mariana de Aragão Pereira, Régio Marcio Toesca Gimenes, João Augusto Rossi BorgesAbstractIn the world, the majority of farms are family-based. However, migration of young people from rural to urban areas, and a lack of farm successors negatively impact on the continuity of family farming. The pattern of migration is unbalanced in terms of gender: women are more likely to leave rural areas than men...
Urban lake spatial openness and relationship with neighboring land prices: Exploratory geovisual analytics for essential policy insights
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Zuo Zhang, Jiaming Li, Xiang Luo, Chongming Li, Lu ZhangAbstractPossessing ecological service functions, as well as social and economic values, urban lakes are an important part of urban open spaces. The improvement in the openness of urban lakes is crucial to enhancing the efficiency and fairness of urban land use. Accompanied by China's rapid urbanization, China's urban land prices continue to rise and the government relies on land finance. Meanwhile, the number of urban lakes is decreasing, the lake water surface...
Assessing the effectiveness of rural credit policy on the adoption of integrated crop-livestock systems in Brazil
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Marcelo José Carrer, Alexandre Gori Maia, Marcela de Mello Brandão Vinholis, Hildo Meirelles de Souza FilhoAbstractThis study analyzes the effectiveness of rural credit policy to increase the adoption of ICLS. Analyzes are based on a survey with 175 farmers in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. Our estimates suggest that rural credit has positive and relevant impacts on the adoption of ICLS. In turn, the adoption of these systems may also involve investments in fixed capital and increases in operational costs, which...
Developing a new framework based on solid models for 3D cadastres
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Laura Knoth, Behnam Atazadeh, Abbas RajabifardAbstract3D cadastres aim to record, manage, and visualise spatial dimensions of volumetric legal objects in a 3D digital information environment. Definition of the geometry and topology of volumetric representations of legal objects is predicated on solid modelling approaches which are widely used in 3D modelling applications. Some solid modelling approaches are more user friendly for constructing legal objects while others enable the creation of 3D legal objects with a...
Power, capital, and the poverty of farmers’ land rights in China
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Zhaohui Hong, Yi SunAbstractThis article is intended to conduct a three-dimensional examination of China’s rural land rights and the complex dynamic among political power, economic capital, and farmers’ rights during the past seventy years. First, the study takes a close look at the historical changes in the nature, scope, and ownership of land property in rural China during four significant time periods from 1949 to 2019. Second, it uses Ronald Coase’s theory on property rights in dissecting the four paradoxes...
Can technology help achieve sustainable intensification? Evidence from milk recording on Irish dairy farms
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Lorraine Balaine, Emma J. Dillon, Doris Läpple, John LynchAbstractThis article explores the potential of a farm technology to simultaneously improve farm efficiency and provide wider environmental and social benefits. Identifying these ‘win-win-win’ strategies and encouraging their widespread adoption is critical to achieve sustainable intensification. Using a nationally representative sample of 296 Irish dairy farms from 2015, propensity score matching is applied to measure the impact of milk recording on a...
Farmland transition in China and its policy implications
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Li Ma, Hualou Long, Shuangshuang Tu, Yingnan Zhang, Yuhan ZhengAbstractChina’s land use structure is closely related to its economic development. Based on the theoretical analysis framework of China’s farmland transition (FT), this paper establishes an evaluation index system for quantifying FT from two dimensions, the dominant transition and recessive transition, and uses K-means clustering to quantitatively divide the phases of FT in China over the past four decades. The results show that the FT in China has...
What lies beneath: Climate change, land expropriation, and zaï agroecological innovations by smallholder farmers in Northern Ghana
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Hanson Nyantakyi-FrimpongAbstractLarge-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) are increasing in Ghana amid a weak legal and regulatory framework. This paper explores the impacts of this phenomenon on farmer innovations under recurrent environmental changes. Using a case study of zaï, an indigenous innovative farming practice, the paper makes two interrelated arguments. Firstly, it shows that the pervasive enclosures coerced by the Ghanaian state undermine how indigenous knowledge could be proactively deployed for climate...
An indicator to reflect the mitigating effect of Common Agricultural Policy on soil erosion
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Pasquale Borrelli, Panos PanagosAbstractThis study presents the updated version of the recently published LANDUM model [Land Use Policy 48, 38–50 (2015)]. LANDUM is integrated into the 100 m resolution RUSLE-based pan-European soil erosion risk modelling platform of the European Commission. It estimates the effects of local land use and management practices on the magnitude of soil erosion across each NUTS2 region of the European Union. This is done based on a spatially explicit estimation of the so-called...
Do protected areas hamper economic development of the Amazon region? An analysis of the relationship between protected areas and the economic growth of Brazilian Amazon municipalities
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Érico Emed Kauano, José Maria Cardoso Silva, José Alexandre Felizola Diniz Filho, Fernanda MichalskiAbstractThe Brazilian Amazon harbours 70 % of the world’s tropical forests and is essential to the country’s economy because it maintains biodiversity, sustains the livelihoods of the indigenous people and local communities, and provides ecosystem services such as water production, soil stabilization, flood prevention, and climate regulation. In the last three decades, the Brazilian government has established a...
Planning for peri urbanism: Navigating the complex terrain of transport services
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Albert Adu-GyamfiAbstractTransport studies give an indication that peri-urban communities in developing countries, particularly Africa, are faced with poor urban transport services. While this notion is established, there remains a limited understanding of how residents in peri-urban communities cope with such a transport challenge. In view of this gap, this study explores the strategies employed to circumvent the challenges of poor transport services in peri-urban communities of Ghana. The study findings show that due...
‘Good’ farm management employment: Emerging values in the contemporary Irish dairy sector
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Justine Deming, Áine Macken-Walsh, Bernadette O’Brien, James KinsellaAbstractThe number of Irish dairy farms with herds greater than 100 cows has increased from 4.5 % in 2005 to 23 % in 2016. The abolition of the dairy quota in 2015 has led to predictions that this trend will continue and that an additional 6000 people will be required to work on dairy farms by 2025. Ownership of farms is esteemed, with farm employment perceived as a poor second option, so it is necessary to identify possible routes towards...
Land use transitions and urban-rural integrated development: Theoretical framework and China’s evidence
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Kunqiu Chen, Hualou Long, Liuwen Liao, Shuangshuang Tu, Tingting LiAbstractThis paper establishes the analytical framework of the driving mechanism of land use transitions on urban-rural integrated development. The evolution rules and spatio-temporal patterns of land use transitions and urban-rural integrated development in China were quantitatively analyzed using the methods of kernel density and spatial analysis. Furthermore, the relationship between land use transitions and urban-rural integrated development was...
Modeling the drivers of urban land use changes in Lusaka, Zambia using multi-criteria evaluation: An analytic network process approach
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Matamyo Simwanda, Yuji Murayama, Manjula RanagalageAbstractCurbing the historically unplanned urban development in African cities crucially demands that the drivers of urban land use (urban-LU) changes are comprehended. However, this has become a complex decision problem for African urban planners and policy makers owing to the interconnections among urban-LU drivers and the complicated mixed development of planned and unplanned areas. Therefore, this study presents a new framework to model drivers of urban-LU changes...
Relationships among sustainability dimensions: evidence from an Alpine area case study using Dominance-based Rough Set Approach
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Paola Ferretti, Maria Bruna Zolin, Giacomo FerraroAbstractThe study provides a useful tool to enable local decision makers to define territorial sustainable policies. For this purpose, using selected indicators, we analyse, at the municipal level, the behaviour of and interactions among the socio-demographic, environmental, economic, and accessibility dimensions in two northern Italian provinces in the Alpine Chain (NUTS3), which are identified by the EU as predominantly rural areas. We adopt the dominance-based rough...
The quest for a sustainable spatial planning framework in Zimbabwe and Zambia
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Andrew Chigudu, Innocent ChirisaAbstractOver the years, the Zimbabwean and Zambian governments have been facing severe spatial development inequalities. They have therefore put in place various policies and strategies in a bid to ensure equitable spatial development. Spatial planning, which refers to the distribution of land uses and people, not only focuses on the physical aspects of land but also on national economic, environmental and social policies. This paper examines spatial planning frameworks in Zimbabwe and...
Trends in global virtual land trade in relation to agricultural products
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Wenli Qiang, Shuwen Niu, Aimin Liu, Thomas Kastner, Qiang Bie, Xiang Wang, Shengkui ChengAbstractTrade volume of agricultural products can be used to quantify the virtual land transfers between countries. This study assessed the virtual land trade (VLT) associated with the global trade of agricultural products using specific crop yield of exporting countries and gave insights in characteristics of different products and different countries. In addition, the features of trade connections were also displayed by network...
Context sensitive policy instruments: A multi-criteria decision analysis for safeguarding forest habitats in Southwestern Finland
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Susanna Sironen, Eeva Primmer, Pekka Leskinen, Jukka Similä, Pekka PunttilaAbstractEnvironmental and conservation decisions are often complex, which results in complexity also in policy assessments. Conservation decisions have implications for different stakeholders and typically draw on multidisciplinary knowledge bases, incorporating natural, physical and social sciences, politics and ethics. Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) is a potentially important tool for supporting conservation policy decisions. This...
Assessment of landscape regeneration of a Natura 2000 site hosting greenhouse farming by using a dashboard of indicators. A case in Sicily through the territorial implementation of a "pilot project...
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Publication date: March 2020Source: Land Use Policy, Volume 92Author(s): Giovanna Tomaselli, Patrizia Russo, Lara Riguccio, Marzia Quattrone, Alessandro D’EmilioAbstractRural landscapes within Natura 2000 network are particularly sensitive to any anthropic action which could cause the compromise of protected habitats. Agriculture, if conducted with unsustainable techniques, could cause loss of biodiversity and landscape quality. The aim of this study is to propose a dashboard of indicators to assess the landscape and environmental benefits achievable by a landscape transformation based...