Ma Yanwei works on his farm in Alashan in inner Mongolia.

Chinese PhDs and MBAs give up city life for farming, driven by desire to improve agriculture and livelihoods

  • Millions of educated Chinese have left cities to become farmers, inspired to change agriculture or disenchanted with the pressures of urban life
  • They practise organic farming and water conservation, hoping to set an example for fellow farmers, and revive traditional techniques
Topic |   Food and agriculture

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Ma Yanwei works on his farm in Alashan in inner Mongolia.
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Elaine Yau

Elaine Yau

Based in Beijing, Elaine is a senior reporter on the culture desk. She covers food, fashion, travel, health and fitness, music, film and TV, arts, lifestyle, as well as insider tips on the best of Beijing. She studied translation in Hong Kong and taught secondary English before joining the South China Morning Post.