The Next Big Question for China: Land
Luncheon Presentation by Gao Yu, China Country Director, Landesa
Landesa’s latest study on Chinese farmers’ land rights highlights several major threats, including compulsory government acquisitions at grossly inadequate compensation, involuntary urbanization programs with scant social benefits, and land grabs by well-connected companies or outsiders.
Join us to discuss why land issues represent one of the greatest challenges to sustainable economic growth and social stability in China, and why 2012 is a critical year to carry out fundamental land rights reforms ahead of the upcoming leadership transition. Produced in collaboration with China Renmin University and Michigan State University, this independent study is the latest part of a series of six large-scale sample surveys covering more than 1,700 villages in 17 provinces, the first of which were carried out in 1999. Based in Seattle and founded in 1967, the non-profit development organization, Landesa (formerly Rural Development Institute) has championed the power of land rights as the key to a better, safer future for the world.
Gao Yu is China Country Director of Landesa, and has nearly two decades experience in the areas of poverty reduction, international relations, and environmental policy. He was most recently Global Director for Worldwide Fund for Nature’s China for a Global Shift Initiative. Mr. Gao has also served the United Nations Development Program in different management and research roles on issues of poverty, regional economic and social cooperation, and human development. Mr. Gao was educated at Beijing Foreign Studies University and the University of Cambridge.