Sustainable Development in Rural China by Bin Wu
Farmer Innovation and Self-Organisation in Marginal Areas

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Sustainable development in marginal areas, especially in those where rural poverty and environmental degradation are interwoven, is a great concern of development agencies worldwide, and much effort is put into development programmes, technology transfer schemes and so on. The problem is particularly acute in China, where increasing regional differences and inequality are eroding governmental poverty reduction efforts and exacerbating ecological crises. This book, based on extensive original research, examines the situation in China, especially in the Loess Plateau of Shaanxi Province. It explores in particular how farmers have organised themselves to initiate technical innovation, and considers communication networks and co-operative mechanisms. It discusses successful self-organisation, and how interfaces with external development agencies and with institutional innovation might be handled, highlighting the potential of farmer innovation initiatives, especially when they are linked with external development and environmental improvement programmes.

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BIN WU, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ryerson University (Canada). He is an NSERC/Rockwell Automation Industrial Research Chair and the founder of the Laboratory for Electric Drive Applications and Research (LEDAR). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Engineering Institute of Canada, and Canadian Academy of Engineering. YONGQIANG LANG, PhD, is a Senior Engineer in the State Grid Electric Power Research Institute (China). He worked in the LEDAR WindTech Laboratory at Ryerson University from November 2006 to June 2009 as a postdoctoral fellow in the area of wind power. NAVID ZARGARI, PhD, is a leading expert in medium voltage drives and a practicing engineer for fifteen years. He has been with the Medium Voltage Business of Rockwell Automation Canada since 1994, and has in-depth knowledge of many aspects of adjustable speed drives and wind energy systems.SAMIR KOURO, PhD, is a research academic in the Electronics Engineering Department of Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (Chile).
Published June 2, 2004 by Routledge. 208 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction