Spatial correlation of soil fertility and rural poverty in China

Authors: Li Zhe Cao*, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS
Topics: Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Spatial correlation;Soil fertility ;Rural poverty;China
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Buchanan, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Soil is an important factor affecting agricultural development. In addition, soil has direct and indirect effects on social and economic development. Poor soil fertility may constrain agricultural production and household capital, and low household capital then constrains investments in improving soil fertility. Soils may also be important for smallholder resilience to stressors and shocks. Interventions such as fertilizer replenishment, nutrient fortification, insurance and credit may help break the soil-poverty cycle. Based on Chinese data, this study intends to reveal the distribution pattern of soil fertility in China and explore the spatial relationships between soil quality and social and economic phenomena such as agriculture, regional development, and poverty incidence. The research results may contribute to better understanding of soil quality, agricultural production, regional development and especially poverty reduction in China.

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