PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2011, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (4): 409-416.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2011.04.003

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Agricultural Geography and Rural Development in China: Research Progress and Prospect

LIU Yansui, LONG Hualou   

  1. Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
  • Received:2010-01-01 Revised:2010-07-01 Online:2011-04-25 Published:2011-04-25

Abstract: This paper reviews the development course of the disciplines of agricultural geography and rural development in China, analyzes the related research progress, major achievements and their social impacts, and prospects for the new innovative research tasks and scientific propositions in the fields of agricultural geography and rural development to meet the needs of national strategies. In the future, there will be an obvious trend of regionalized and base-oriented agricultural production, and also an increasing trend of urbanization and industrialization in the rural development in China. As such, there is an urgent need for the innovative researches on agricultural geography and rural development to provide strong support to realize the coordinated and balanced rural-urban development, and the balance between agricultural economy and social issues, and to appropriately deal with the relationship between rural development and environmental protection. In order to keep up with the pace of the national economic development, agricultural and rural geographers should continue the tenet of geography research serving for the development of agriculture and rural areas, and solving new problems under new situations to make more contributions to meeting the needs of national strategies.

Key words: agricultural geography, building new countryside, China, hollowed village, rural development