Sriram Natrajan is an independent consultant on economics, development and statistics, with a focus on food and agriculture in Asia. He has consulted on economics and statistics in international organizations such as FAO and ILO and taught economics and development in India and Thailand and lectured in various academic institutions. The development experiences in Asia, in particular China and India, have been the focus of his research over the years. He completed his Doctoral Study on ‘Agrarian Change and Rural Transformation in China: China’s Development Experience Since 1965’ from Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
This is an exploratory paper on the re-emergence of urban farming/agriculture (UA) as an important priority in urban food systems and food policy in China.
This monograph intends to reflect on the idea of development as a problem of political economy. By examining China's uneven, awkward and often times enigmatic socioeconomic transformations since the mid-1960s, the author substantiates the following two central claims.
The ‘Agrarian Question’ in China is still in a process of unfolding after undergoing two major transitions one in the middle of the twentieth century (socialization) and another in the early 1980s (reforms).
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