People’s Republic of China: West Henan Agriculture Development Project

Date: December 2012
Type: Evaluation Reports
Agriculture and natural resources; Evaluation
Series: Validations of Project Completion Reports
Project Number: 26459-013; 26459-022


The economic environment of West Henan in People’s Republic of China (PRC) was severely constrained by its high population density, hilly to mountainous terrain, scarce arable land, harsh climatic conditions, and limited water resources. Average per capita annual income was CNY1,864 ($225). The incidence of poverty (at $1 per day) in the region was high—12% as against less than 10% for the PRC. The region was suitable for the cultivation of a number of fruits and nuts and a variety of medicinal plants. The region was also becoming a major supplier of beef, mutton, and pork because of the availability of underutilized pastures. However, the shortage of medium- and long-term rural credit and inadequate potable and irrigation water supply were constraining the development of horticulture and livestock. The West Henan Agriculture Development Project was designed to help remove these constraints.

This study validates the completion report’s assessment of the project, which was envisioned to directly benefit about 204,900 households in West Henan by increasing the incomes of predominantly poor farmers through job creation in pig breeding and water supply. IED overall assessment: Successful


  • Project Basic Data
  • Project Description
  • Evaluation of Performance and Ratings
  • Other Performance Assessments
  • Overall Assessment, Lessons, and Recommendations
  • Other Considerations and Follow-up