Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2014, Vol. 69 ›› Issue (2): 213-226.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201402006

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The spatial distribution and types of the development level of Chinese agricultural modernization

LONG Dongping, LI Tongsheng, MIAO Yuanyuan, YU Zhengsong   

  1. College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Northwest University, Xi'an 710127, China
  • Received:2013-05-17 Revised:2013-10-27 Online:2014-02-20 Published:2014-04-04
  • Contact: 李同昇(1960-),男,陕西岐山人,博士,教授,博士生导师,中国地理学会会员(S110003087M),主要研究方向为经济地理学与区域发展。E-mail:leetang@nwu.edu.cn E-mail:leetang@nwu.edu.cn
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41271131;Northwest University "211" "12th Five-Year Project" Graduate Innovation and Creativity Funds, No.YZZ13001

Abstract: The modernization of agriculture is a crucial symbol of the progress of social civilization, and an essential part of China's "four modernizations" of the simultaneous development. From the geographic perspective, this paper tries to comprehensively evaluate the development level of agricultural modernization in China by building index system with multi-index comprehensive evaluation method and Delphi method. Besides, it uses some spatial analyses and type researches to explore the regional differentiation law about the development of agricultural modernization in China in order to provide reference for its rapid and steady development. The results indicate that: (1) From the national level, Chinese agricultural modernization development level can be categorized into the eastern and western parts according to Hu's line, presenting a pattern of "high east and low west". At the same time, Chinese agricultural modernization development level improves on the whole with the increase of distance from Hu's line, presenting a pattern of slightly flattened "S" curve; (2) From the local perspective, there are obvious regional differences in the development level of agricultural modernization among the eastern, western and central regions and Northeast China, and in space a trend of decrease is found in the development level of agricultural modernization from the east, north-east, center to the west; (3) The four sub-dimensions indicators of the development level of Chinese agricultural modernization in the geographical space also reveal some regional differentiation pattern, and how to break the stereotype and path dependence of agriculture development will become the practical problem and scientific issue for government at all levels and geographers; (4) The development level of Chinese agricultural modernization can be divided into five types of areas and different areas should have clear present and future development ideas and strategies.

Key words: spatial distribution, regional differentiation law, China, types, agricultural modernization