Lin Yan Presents NASA LCLUC SARI Webinar: Forced and Truncated Agrarian Transitions in Asia Through the Lens of Field Size Change

Fri, October 2, 2020 11:00 AM - Fri, October 2, 2020 12:30 PM at Webinar

Join a NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change (LCLUC) South/Southeast Asia Research Initiative (SARI) Webinar featuring Dr. Lin Yan. Yan is an Assistant Professor with the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations at Michigan State University (MSU).  He will be presenting his LCLUC project titled "Forced and Truncated Agrarian Transitions in Asia Through the Lens of Field Size Change". The project focuses on agrarian transition through the lens of field size change from the 1970s to the 2020s in China, Vietnam, and Thailand. These counties are at different stages of agrarian transition, with different land tenure systems, government policies, and development level.

Yan and team hypothesize that (i) in Thailand, field sizes have not increased and may continue to shrink because non-farm occupations and the Thai social safety net remains precarious; (ii) in Vietnam, field sizes are beginning to increase, primarily in response to government promotion of agribusiness expansion; (iii) in China, field sizes have increased due to government land consolidation policy; and (iv) consolidation of existing agricultural fields into larger fields can be correlated with biophysical and socioeconomic variables, and does not result in higher yields per unit of land. These hypotheses will be addressed with respect to rice production in Jiangsu Province in China, the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, and central Thailand.

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