Since 1978, China has moved from a planned economy to a predominantly market economy, and this has greatly affected the forest sector.
A recent study by Manuel Ruiz-Perez from CIFOR and the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF) uses national data and a case study from Anji Country to document the reduced influence of the State on production and consumption behaviour in the case of bamboo and discuss bamboo’s contribution to rural development. The study finds that the policy changes have been positive and have not caused major economic disruptions. New challenges are being to emerge, however, including the need for diversification, improvement in quality, and standard and quality controls.
The study’s citation is: Ruiz Pérez, M.; M. Fu; J. Xie; B. Belcher; M. Zhong; C. Xie. 1996. Policy change in China: the effects on the bamboo sector in Anji county. Journal of Forest Economics, 2(2): 149-176.
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