Qing Tian @ the Global Land Project Third Open Science Meeting

Today as rural households in the developing world become increasingly integrated with urban economies and regional and global markets, agricultural land use is increasingly under the influence of macro-level forces and processes. These new dynamics can have significant consequences for agricultural land use and food security locally and globally, as well as on sustainable land use and development. Urbanization in particular is a major macro-level process that affects agricultural land-use systems.

To this end Qing Tian organized and chaired a session entitled “Urbanization and Agricultural Land Use: Empirical Evidence, Models, and Policy Implications of Telecoupling” at the Global Land Project Third Open Science Meeting.

This session aimed to deepen our understanding of how urbanization affects agricultural land use through these mechanisms across different contexts in the developing world. Talks within the session presented empirical studies and/or modeling work from different geographical regions that have different policy and institutional settings, especially in Latin America, Africa, Asia etc. The implications of these patterns and trends for global land-use change and telecoupling were  explored. The session aimed at encouraging policy discussions through comparison of cases from different developing areas.