Ecoefficiency of China's agricultural sector: what are the spatiotemporal characteristics and how are they determined?

Zeng, Jinjing and Han, Jinyu and Qu, Jiansheng and Maraseni, Tek Narayan and Xu, Li and Li, Hengji and Liu, Lina (2021) Ecoefficiency of China's agricultural sector: what are the spatiotemporal characteristics and how are they determined? Journal of Cleaner Production, 325:129346. pp. 1-11. ISSN 0959-6526


Abstract

As a world leader in agricultural production, China feeds 20% of the world's population while containing only 8% of the global cropland. However, the increasing production capacity is associated with environmental and sustainability problems. This paper develops an assessment model using the set pair analysis method to evaluate the ecoefficiency of China's agricultural sector from 1997 to 2017. The input and output indicators of agricultural production were carefully selected based on an intensive literature review and after consultation with experts and then integrated and categorized into ecoefficiency levels with the assessment model. Finally, factors that influence agricultural ecoefficiency were screened out with a regression analysis. The findings indicated that the efficiency of most selected indicators and agricultural ecoefficiency of most provinces greatly improved, with a slight decline at the beginning of the 21st century and then a dramatic increase. The improving trend of ecoefficiency and its distribution among provinces can be explained by agriculture-related factors, such as the agricultural structure, cropland endowment, mechanization, and agricultural finance, among which agricultural finance contributed the most. This work expands the literature on agricultural ecoefficiency and presents an innovative assessment model. The results suggest the implementation of agricultural technologies, financial support, and institutional innovations in the agricultural sector for China and other developing and emerging economies.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2021 04:45
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2021 01:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: ecoefficiency agriculture; inputs and outputs; set pair analysis; influencing factors
Fields of Research (2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070103 Agricultural Production Systems Simulation
Fields of Research (2020): 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300205 Agricultural production systems simulation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1903 Mitigation of climate change > 190301 Climate change mitigation strategies
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.129346
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43966

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