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Sustainability 2018, 10(1), 183; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10010183

Rice Pricing during Organic Conversion of the Honghe Hani Rice Terrace System in China

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Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 11A Datun Road, Beijing 100101, China
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University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, No19A Yuquan Road, Beijing 100049, China
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Received: 4 October 2017 / Revised: 30 December 2017 / Accepted: 11 January 2018 / Published: 15 January 2018
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In 2002, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization initiated the Globally Important Agriculture Heritage Systems conservation program. Agricultural organic certification, based on traditional environmentally friendly technology, increases farmer income and encourages traditional agricultural heritage. However, during the organic conversion period, farmer income cannot be guaranteed; this period is also a bottleneck for heritage conservation via organic certification. Based on experiences at the Honghe Hani rice terrace system in Yunnan, China, we calculated and compared inputs and outputs of traditional and modern systems during organic conversion and developed a calculation method for determining opportunity costs of agricultural production. We found that the stability of farmer income during conversion can be guaranteed by setting the protective purchasing price at 6.93 CNY/kg, thereby achieving the goal of dynamic conservation of agricultural heritage systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: GIAHS; dynamic conservation; organic conversion period; agricultural products pricing; Hani terraces GIAHS; dynamic conservation; organic conversion period; agricultural products pricing; Hani terraces
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Liu, M.; Min, Q.; Yang, L. Rice Pricing during Organic Conversion of the Honghe Hani Rice Terrace System in China. Sustainability 2018, 10, 183.

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