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The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China$
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Shenggen Fan, Ravi Kanbur, Shang-Jin Wei, and Xiaobo Zhang

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199678204

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678204.001.0001

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Farmer cooperatives in China

Farmer cooperatives in China

Development and diversification

(p.325) 52 Farmer cooperatives in China
The Oxford Companion to the Economics of China

Huang Zuhui

Oxford University Press

Farmer cooperatives in China have grown from about 100,000 in 2006 to 484,300 in 2011. Around 38.7 million farmers have joined cooperatives, accounting for 15.5 per cent of all farmers in China. Farmer cooperatives are involved in various industries including crop farming, livestock raising, farming machines, forestry, plant protection, information technology, handicrafts, biogas services, and agro-tourism. This chapter discusses the function of farmer cooperatives; the challenges faced by farmer cooperatives; and key issues affecting the continued development of farmer cooperatives in China.

Keywords:   farmers cooperatives, agriculture, Chinese farmers, crop farming, livestock raising, forestry, agro-tourism

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