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Integrated features and benefits of livelihood capital of farmers after land transfer based on livelihood transformation

ZHANG Shichao1,2 ZHENG Dongsheng1 JIANG Jiajia1

(1.College of Geography and Tourism, Chongqing Normal University, Chongqing, China 401331)
(2.Key Laboratory of Land Surface and Environment Remote Sensing in Three Georges Reservoirs Area, Chongqing, China 401331)

【Abstract】As land is an important livelihood resource for rural households, land transfer means that rural households intend to break inherent livelihood pattern and seek alternative livelihoods through the integration of livelihood capital to ensure their livelihood security. In this paper, we aimed to determine the livelihood capital integration characteristics of rural household, including its direction, intensity, and benefit. Taking three villages of Shuangkui Town, Hechuan District, Chongqing City, China as a case study, 267 questionnaires of rural household renting their farmland were collected prior to land transfer in 2013 and after land transfer in 2017, respectively. In this paper, firstly, according to the employed industry and its change, rural households were divided into five categories: stable pure households, non-agricultural pure households, stable part-time households, non-agricultural part-time households and stable off-farm households. Secondly, based on the livelihood capital system that included six subsystems: human capital, physical capital, productive capital, living capital, financial capital, and social capital, the difference of livelihood capital among different types of households was analyzed. Finally, the radar chart, livelihood capital disturbance index, and growth index were applied, respectively, to evaluate the integration direction, intensity, and benefit of households’ livelihood capital before and after the land transfer. The results indicated that the livelihood capital totalities of stable off-farm households, non-agricultural part-time households, stable part-time households, non-agricultural pure households and stable pure households were 3.248, 3.142, 2.967, 2.460, and 2.274, respectively, in 2013. Besides, non-agricultural pure households and non-agricultural part-time households had more human capital, living capital, financial capital and social capital, while stable pure households and stable part-time households dominated in physical capital and productive capital before land transfer. It was apparent that the livelihood condition was the basis of livelihood transformation of rural households. The results also showed that the human capital, living capital, financial capital and social capital of non-agricultural pure households and non-agricultural part-time households increased, while the physical capital of stable pure households and stable part-time households rose. Therefore, for livelihood capital intensity direction, non-agricultural pure households and non-agricultural part-time households were inclined to the integration of human capital, financial capital, and social capital, while stable pure households and stable part-time households focused mainly on the integration of productive capital. However, there was no obvious difference in the intensity direction of livelihood capital for stable off-farm households. In addition, livelihood capital disturbance index was in the descending order of non-agricultural pure households (0.169), non-agricultural part-time households (0.144), stable pure households (0.124), stable part-time households (0.105) and stable off-farm households (0.098). It showed that the livelihood capital integration intensity of non-agricultural households was higher than that of stable style households. Moreover, the livelihood capital growth index was in the descending order: non-agricultural part-time households (0.135), non-agricultural pure households (0.120), stable part-time households (0.094), stable off-farm households (0.093), and stable pure households (0.088), respectively. Thus, the livelihood capital integration benefit of non-agricultural households was also higher than that of stable style households. From this research, we concluded that path inertia law existed in the livelihood capital integration process of rural households. That was, certain livelihood capital pattern was able to trigger off the particular livelihood strategy which solidified the corresponding livelihood capital pattern, which was positive for non-agricultural part-time households and non-agricultural pure households but not for stable part-time households and stable pure households. The results would provide references for the establishment of policies on accelerating land transfer to ensure livelihood sustainability of households. Besides, the interactive mechanism between farmer’s livelihood capital integration and land transfer would be better understood.

【Keywords】 land use; rural areas; land transfer; household livelihood; livelihood capital; livelihood transformation;


【Funds】 National Natural Science Foundation of China (41501104) Basic and Frontier Research Program of Chongqing Science & Technology Bureau (cstc2015jcyjA80025, cstc2016jcyjA0393)

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CN: 11-2047/S

Vol 34, No. 12, Pages 274-281

June 2018


Article Outline


  • 0 Introduction
  • 1 Data source
  • 2 Research methods
  • 3 Results and analysis
  • 4 Conclusions
  • References