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Strategies for sustainable nutrient management: Insights from a mixed natural and social science analysis of Chinese crop production systems

Bellarby, Jessica and Siciliano, Giuseppina and Smith, Laurence and Xin, Lai and Zhou, Jianbin and Liu, Kun and Jie, Li and Meng, Fanqiao and Inman, Alex and Rahn, Clive and Surridge, Ben and Haygarth, Phillip (2017) 'Strategies for sustainable nutrient management: Insights from a mixed natural and social science analysis of Chinese crop production systems.' Environmental Development, 21. pp. 52-65.

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Abstract

In China intensification of agriculture has been achieved at a cost to the environment. The extension service is the leading public resource to address this but remains focused by a historic national ethos for food security, production and economic growth, whilst its administrative structure is hierarchical, slow to change and lacking in relevant functional integration. Investigation of three case study farming systems identifies how to rebalance productivity with stewardship of farm inputs and natural resources. Substance flow analyses for each case demonstrate that crop nutrient management can potentially be improved to reduce environmental risk without yield loss. Complementary stakeholder surveys and social network analyses identify barriers to change relating to the knowledge, attitudes, practices and operational constraints of farmers and extension agents, and to the structure and performance of agricultural knowledge and innovation systems. This combination of analyses offers an original synthesis of needs, planning priorities and strategies.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Accepted version of an article published online by Elsevier 12 November 2016 available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envdev.2016.10.008
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Development, Environment and Policy
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Finance and Management > Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)
ISSN: 22114645
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1016/j.envdev.2016.10.008
Depositing User: Laurence Smith
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2016 13:03
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/23201

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