In China, illegal evictions disenfranchise farmers and threaten agricultural development. The government claims to have introduced the world’s strictest measures to protect farmland and improve farmers’ lives, but with minimal results. As rural la...▶
China has reached a critical point in its development. Widespread poverty and growing social inequality are posing daunting challenges for social stability. The Chinese government seems aware of this, but needs to do more to empower the people to...▶
Yongjun Zhao is Assistant Professor of Globalization Studies and Humanitarian Action, and Project Manager with Globalization Studies Groningen at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. His research focuses on the social and institutional dimensions of natural resource governance concerning land tenure reform, land administration, land acquisition, land market, community forestry, water resources management, rangeland management, food security, rural development and governance in China and Africa, and China’s engagement with Africa on agricultural and sustainable development issues. His book China’s Disappearing Countryside: Towards Sustainable Land Governance for the Poor, published by Ashgate, is due in March 2013. He was formerly Governance Adviser at the UK Department for International Development.