PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2012, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (6): 792-798.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2012.06.016

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An Overview of Farmers’Livelihood Strategy Change and Its Effect on Land Use/Cover Change in Developing Countries

WANG Chengchao, YANG Yusheng   

  1. College of Geographical Sciences, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350007, China
  • Received:2011-09-01 Revised:2011-12-01 Online:2012-06-25 Published:2012-06-25

Abstract: Farmers’livelihood strategy change is a rational choice for rural households who are faced with global environmental change and their livelihood capital adjustment. It could affect the interaction between human activity and natural environment, driving the evolution of rural human-environment system to a great extent. Therefore, farmers’livelihood strategy change analysis has been a vital framework to analyze the complex and multi-dimensional relationship between human activity and natural environment in rural areas. After offering a systematical and theoretical review of farmers’livelihood strategy change at home and abroad, this paper summarized the research with an emphasis on the connotation of livelihood strategy change, sustainable livelihood framework, and the influence of farmers’livelihood strategy change on rural land use/cover change (LUCC). Moreover, it is put forward that livelihood non-farm process and agricultural intensification should form the current principal trend and typical characteristics of farmers’livelihood strategy change in most developing countries and regions, rather than livelihood diversification. Finally, the main research directions of farmers’livelihood strategy change in the future are proposed with the present requirements in socioeconomic practice and scientific study in consideration.

Key words: developing countries, farmer, land use/cover change, livelihood strategy change, overview