Demonstration farms to improve grassland and household incomes in western China

Wang Jing, Zhao Mengli, David Kemp, Gemma Turnbull

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Western China is the less developed area of China, of which about 3.31×109 ha is grassland. The livelihoods 40 million people, the majority ethnic minorities, are supported by this grassland. To achieve ba-lanced growth while reducing economic disparities is one of the major challenges that China faces to maintain both its current GDP growth rate and social stability. The development of demonstration farms is an efficient way to alleviate or ideally to solve this challenge. Recent studies conducted on the desert steppe in Inner Mongolia have shown, that under current conditions, stocking rates can be reduced to get both healthier grass-lands and economic profits. Promotion of demonstration farms to herders is a problem, and work needs to be conducted to make them more accepted and popular in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIGC 2013
Subtitle of host publicationRevitalising grasslands to sustain our communities
EditorsKM Broadfoot KM Broadfoot
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherCSIRO Publishing
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781742565439
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational Grasslands Congress - Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 15 Sep 201319 Sep 2013


ConferenceInternational Grasslands Congress

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