Around the globe, revitalization of agrarian and rural sector is one of the most topical issues for farmers, agrarian and rural communities, interest groups, researchers, investors, policymakers, and the public at large.
In China and Bulgaria there are numerous publications on individual issues of agrarian and rural revitalization and sustainable development. Despite enormous progress in the theory and practice in that important new area, there are few comprehensive studies on the entire spectrum of agrarian and rural revitalization issuesin these two countries, and on their interactions with public policies, private and collective strategies and forms, market and technological development, social and communities’ dynamics, etc. What is more, there are no join and comparative studies on Chinese and Bulgarian experiences, despite quite similar historical development, fundamental transformation and modernization in the last several decades, and alike socio-economic and environmental challenges at current stage of development.
This book is the result of an on-going research cooperation of the teams from the leading academic institutions in China and Bulgaria such as Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, Communication University of China in Beijing, Institute of Agricultural Economics in Sofia, Agrarian University in Plovdiv, and University of National and World Economy in Sofia.
Our motivation in writing this book is to respond to the theoretical and practical needs for modern understanding and assessment of the agrarian and rural revitalization and sustainable development issues in China and Bulgaria. We extend our previous research in that area, incorporating recent developments in the field, and identifying the major achievements and challenges of sustainable agrarian and rural development, analyzing evolution and modernization of major sectors of agrarian and rural economy, and presenting key governance and technological innovations in agri-food and rural sectorin both countries. Our ultimate goal is to assist the general awareness of agrarian and rural revitalization issues in China and Bulgaria, withdraw lessons from the positive experiences of both countries, and support public policies, and private and collective strategies and actions for sustainable development.
The research presented here follows the requirements of academic precision, while the findings are presented in an easily understandable manner in order to reach a large audience of researchers, educators, students, experts, farmers, businessmen, administrators, policymakers, professionals, non-governmental and international organizations, and the public at large.
We would like to express our gratitude to many colleagues of different disciplines and institutions who contributed to this work. We also wish to thank the numerous national and local funding agencies which financially supported our research and the cooperation between our teams such as China Ministry of Science and Technology, Bulgarian National Fund, etc. We appreciate the great job done by Ms. Kremena Gorcheva who provided technical assistance preparing this manuscript. Without all these contributions, this study would not have been completed and this book written.
Finally, we are enormously grateful to KSP Books for giving us this extraordinary opportunity to present our work to a larger international audience.
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