Chinese agriculture is basically a peasant agriculture and agricultural growth is a peasant managed process. Peasant managed agricultural growth mainly occurs through labourdriven intensification. In this text the authors discuss several mechanisms that play a role in, and together explain, the remarkable recent growth of China’s agriculture. Empirical data were gathered in two mountain villages of Hebei province, where the multiple involvement in different activities is actively used to strengthen the peasant unit of production.
Keywords: Labour-driven Intensification, Peasant Agriculture, China’s Agriculture, Multifunctionality, Rural Nonfarm Economy, Rural Migrations.
van der Ploeg Jan Douwe, Ye Jingzhong, Wu Huifang, Wang Chunyu, Land, Labour and Agricultural Production in China: Mechanisms of Labour-Driven Intensification in "SOCIOLOGIA URBANA E RURALE" 102/2013, pp. 33-50, DOI:10.3280/SUR2013-102003