London : Contemporary China Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1995.
Book — 104 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
This monograph attempts to shed light on the causes of change in the patterns of foodcrop production variability during the periods 1931-37, 1952-57 and 1979-85. Causes explored include weather and harvest sensitivity to meteorological stress; the technical transformation of agriculture; market development and integration of markets; the growth of state power; and statistical anomalies and aberrations. By evaluating the relative importance of these categories and analyzing the available data, an overview of foodcrop production variability in China is presented and a forecast of future trends predicted. (source: Nielsen Book Data)