Recovering Rural Economies: Two cases in Taiwan


  • Liang-Chih Chen
  • Shenglin Elijah Chang



This paper concerns how rural villages recover their declining local economies based on two case studies in Taiwan, namely, the liquor industry in Sinyi, Nantou, and eco-friendly tea industry in Pinglin, New Taipei. Specifically, we study the processes through which rural villages managed to build new or transform old agricultural activities under different sectoral and local contexts, and, particularly, examine the roles of institutional actors, such as farmers associations and universities, in facilitating the recovery processes.

Keywords: rural economy, farmers association, university, Taiwan.

eISSN 2398-4279© 2017 The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.


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