Resources Science ›› 2021, Vol. 43 ›› Issue (1): 69-81.doi: 10.18402/resci.2021.01.06

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A theoretical framework and empirical analysis of the formation mechanism of green agricultural industry cluster:A case study of the Shouguang vegetable industry cluster in Shandong Province

YANG Yang1,2(), LI Erling1()   

  1. 1. Institute of agriculture and rural sustainable development /Key Laboratory of Geospatial Technology for the Middle and Lower Yellow River Regions, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004, China
    2. The Center of Modern Chinese City Studies/School of Urban and Regional Science, East China Normal University,Shanghai 200062, China
  • Received:2020-03-02 Revised:2020-12-30 Online:2021-01-25 Published:2021-03-25
  • Contact: LI Erling


Global agricultural development shows the trend of greening and spatial concentration. Developing green agriculture industrial cluster is a natural way to combine green development and spatial aggregation. Based on the relevant theory of agriculture industrial cluster, this study constructed an analytical framework of the formation mechanism of green agriculture industrial clusters, and took a representative green agricultural cluster in China Shandong Shouguang Vegetable Industry Cluster as an example, to analyze the formation process and conditions of green agriculture industrial cluster from the perspective of green network formation and organization. The results show that: (1) At the level of micro subjects, various agricultural subjects undergo green transformation under the role of green innovation and environmental regulation, forming green production subjects, green management subjects, green service subjects and green regulatory subjects; (2) At the level of meso network, green subjects interconnect under the role of knowledge spillover and specialized division of labor, forming green organizational network; (3) At the level of macro environment, green development environment is formed under the thrust of institutional innovation and scientific and technological innovation, binding force of environmental regulation and the pull of supportive policies and intermediary services. (4) The formation mechanism of green agro-industrial clusters is the flow and synergy of green innovation and environmental regulation in the value chain network, i.e., the normative green development environment and standardized agricultural production technology prompt the green transformation of the subjects within the cluster, and then the green agro-industrial clusters are formed by the green network organized by the specialized division of labor of green subjects under the external economic effect. The formation of green agro-industrial cluster is the greening of the whole industry chain within the cluster, the greening and synergy of green innovation and environmental regulation for each link, each behavior and each subject in the three levels.

Key words: green agriculture industrial cluster, mechanism, theoretical framework, the vegetables cluster in Shouguang, Shandong Province