IFAD in China
In 1981, IFAD became one of the first international donors to finance operations in China. IFAD is the only one of China's development partners dedicated exclusively to reducing poverty and increasing food and nutrition security in rural areas.
Most IFAD-funded programmes and projects in China operate in remote and mountainous regions, where there are large numbers of poor indigenous peoples. These initiatives usually include a focus on rural women, because they are largely responsible for farm production and household tasks. IFAD has supported activities such as land improvement, irrigation and water conservation, as well as increased production of food, cash crops, livestock and fish.
The three main objectives of IFAD's 2011-2015 results-based Country Strategic Opportunities Programme in China, endorsed by the IFAD Executive Board in September 2011, are to:
- Enable poor rural people to use natural resources effectively and sustainably, and introduce improved technology and advisory services adapted to changing environmental and market conditions
- Ensure that poor rural people and their organizations can take advantage of improved market access and financial services to earn higher incomes and gain greater resilience to risks
- Enhance South-South cooperation and knowledge management, providing opportunities for sharing knowledge generated through innovation – and for scaling up good practices in rural development.