African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6688

Full Length Research Paper

Eco-farming models and their regional differentiations of Shaanxi, China

Jiang Che1, Yun Cheng Liao1*, Xiao Hui Ding2 and Yan Liu1
1College of Agriculture, Northwest A&F University, Yang ling, 712100, China. 2College of Resources and Environment, Northwest A&F University, Yang ling, 712100, China.
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 08 August 2013
  •  Published: 15 August 2013


By statistical analysis and cluster analysis, the study investigated eco-farming models and their regional distributions of twelve counties of Shaanxi Province. It categorized the eco-farming models into seven basic models and analyzed the distributions of the basic models of the different counties. Its results showed that of the sampled counties of Shaanxi, the average number of the eco-farming models was 6.2 and the average coverage degree of the models was 88.1%; and the proportion of the crop planting model was the highest and the proportion of the courtyard based model was the lowest. According to its cluster analysis results on the proportions of the different eco-farming models, the study divided the twelve sampled counties under four groups, and analyzed and revealed the distribution characteristics of the natural resources and environments of the groups, put forward the priorities for the different regions to practice the different eco-farming models, and provided research methods on eco-farming models and their distribution of other regions.


Key words: Shaanxi, eco-farming model, regional differentiation pattern.