Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2014, Vol. 69 ›› Issue (8): 1145-1158.doi: 10.11821/dlxb201408010

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Recent progress in agricultural geography and rural development research

Hualou LONG1(), Yansui LIU1,2(), Xiaolin ZHANG3, Jiajun QIAO4   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. College of Resources Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
    3. School of Geography Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210046, China
    4. College of Environment & Planning, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004, Henan, China
  • Received:2014-03-11 Revised:2014-07-10 Online:2014-08-20 Published:2014-08-20


This paper firstly reviews the recent progress in the international research on agricultural geography and rural development, including the research fields, theory and methodology, and the developing trend. Then, the recent research progress, major achievements and their applications in economic development of agricultural geography and rural development in China are analyzed. Finally, the prospects for the new innovative research tasks and scientific propositions in the fields of agricultural geography and rural development in China to meet the needs of national strategies are put forward, based on comparison with related research progress abroad. Recent research progress includes the aspects of research achievements, the applications of new technologies and methodologies, and the influences and applications of major achievements. The summary of recent research achievements includes eight topics: (1) integrated research on agricultural and rural geography; (2) rural transformation development and rural restructuring; (3) integrated research on building a new countryside; (4) urbanization, rural hollowing and the renovation of hollowed villages; (5) the construction of key villages and specialized villages; (6) urban-rural integration development and urban-rural equalized development; (7) regional agriculture and rural development; and (8) the systematization and internationalization of research achievements.

Key words: agricultural geography, rural development, discipline development, progress and prospects