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Monday, April 9 • 2:00pm - 2:15pm
SYMPOSIA-02: Understanding Local Land Use Changes in the Context of Global Trade Telecoupling

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AUTHORS: Yue Dou *, Anna Herzberger, Ciara Hovis – Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University; Wenbin Wu, Key Laboratory of Agri-Informatics, Ministry of Agriculture/Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Jianguo Liu, Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

ABSTRACT: Agriculture is one of the main forces driving land use changes that result in profound global environmental and socio-economic consequences. There is a growing understanding of the complex drivers and mechanisms affecting farmers’ land use behaviors, which is important for efficient implementation of policies promoting environmental regulations, climate adaptation, and poverty alleviation. However, these studies are often conducted in a local context, overlooking an important driver of farmers’ land use decisions, namely global agricultural trade. With the growing magnitude, frequency, and intensity of agricultural trade, its impact on farmers’ local activities must be understood. This research investigates how farmers’ behaviors (e.g., crop choice, farm consolidation, and agrichemical utilization) in the receiving system (i.e., Heilongjiang province, China) are affected by the telecoupled soybean trade. Flows of information (e.g., the price of soybean in the receiving system and farmers’ perception and knowledge of international trade) are used in this analysis. Preliminary results from our survey in 2016 show that despite the drastic soybean price change in the past decade, less than half of the households (out of 942) were aware of the soybean import, among which less than 10% knew of Brazil (the top soybean importer to China) exporting soybeans to China. Generally, fewer farmers tended to cultivate soybeans and more farmers cultivate corn and rice recently than before. However, farmers who were aware of the telecoupling had a higher probability of converting soybean land to other crops. The findings from this research may be used to inform policymakers and other relevant stakeholders, to achieve sustainable land use locally in a global context.

Monday April 9, 2018 2:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
LaSalle 5 (7th Floor)