The Development of Organic Agriculture in China and the Factors Affecting Organic Farming


The aim of the paper. The aim of the paper is to evaluate the impact of factors determining the transition to organic farming and provide some recommendations for government's policy relating to organic farming. Material and research method. An analysis was based on questionnaire survey on the willingness of organic farming by small farmers in the province of Jiangsu. Binary logistic regression model was used in the research. Concluding remarks. Five factors affecting organic agricultural production were discovered: farmers' age, risk preferences, labour costs, expected benefits and the environment. On this ground, the authors suggest, that Chinese government should adopt policies assisting farmers in the transition to organic farming for the sustainable development of China's organic agriculture. Cooperation of farmers' cooperatives and research institutions to improve organic farming techniques should also be promoted.


Ecological agriculture; Ecological product; Production factors; Economic policy

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Published : 2015-12-31

Xie, Y., Zhao, H., Pawlak, K., & Gao, Y. (2015). The Development of Organic Agriculture in China and the Factors Affecting Organic Farming. Journal of Agribusiness and Rural Development, 36(2), 353-361.

Yumei Xie
Jiangnan University  China
Hailei Zhao 
Jiangnan University  China
Karolina Pawlak 
Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy w Poznaniu  Poland
Yun Gao 
Jiangnan University  China

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