JOURNAL OF NATURAL RESOURCES ›› 2011, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (3): 530-540.doi: 10.11849/zrzyxb.2011.03.020

• Special Column:Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of IGSNRR, CAS • Previous Articles    

Review on the Research of Farmland Fragmentation in China

Lü Xiao, HUANG Xian-jin, ZHONG Tai-yang, ZHAO Yun-tai   

  1. School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
  • Received:2010-09-25 Revised:2010-12-24 Online:2011-03-20 Published:2011-03-20

Abstract: For the purpose of keeping abreast the development of farmland fragmentation analysis in China, this paper gives a comprehensive description of the research on farmland fragmentation by using the summary and comparison analysis approaches. The analysis is organized from three aspects flowed as the definition of farmland fragmentation, the main fields concerned by farmland fragmentation and the measurement method. The main features about the research of farmland fragmentation go as follows. Firstly, the connotation of farmland fragmentation is clear and has been widely recognized, but the measurement method for the degree of fragmentation still needs further study. Secondly, the farmland fragmentation research in China mainly focuses on the causes and the effects on agricultural production. Among them, the research on negative effects of agricultural production is most sufficient. Furthermore, the relationship between farmland fragmentation and land consolidation attracted more attention. The research on the relationship between farmland fragmentation and land transfer is quite inadequate. The last but not the least, the study on land fragmentation mainly uses economic research methods, such as production function and regression analysis. Geographical spatial analysis method and the method of landscape ecology have not been used in the research. Besides, some suggestions on further studies of decoupling are put forward in this paper. These suggestions include giving more concern on comparative study of different areas based on different economic and social background; strengthening the study on relationship between farmland fragmentation and comprehensive regulation of rural land; in order to expand the research angle and research content, trying to combine the discipline of geography with landscape ecology, especially using the methods of RS and GIS in farmland fragmentation.

Key words: land economics, farmland fragmentation, agricultural production, farmland transfer, land comprehensive regulation

CLC Number: 

  • F301.21