China, People's Republic of: Policy Research and Capacity Building to Strengthen Rural Economies in the Southwest Region of the People’s Republic of China

Sovereign Project | 55065-001

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the preparation of a comprehensive study evaluating the policies needed to build a firm foundation of income opportunities to protect and improve the lives of the rural low-income population in the southwest region of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Paying particular attention to Guizhou province, the TA will support the preparation of policy recommendations to strengthen both agriculture and non-agriculture sectors that have the most impact in ensuring labor income opportunities of the rural low-income population. The TA will help bring the low-income population to a better state and include them in the development process by strengthening economic activities in the southwestern region of the PRC.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Hagiwara, Akiko
    East Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Approval Date
    26 November 2021
  • Country
    China, People's Republic of
  • Sector
    • Agriculture, natural resources and rural development
Project Name Policy Research and Capacity Building to Strengthen Rural Economies in the Southwest Region of the People’s Republic of China
Project Number 55065-001
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6842-PRC: Policy Research and Capacity Building to Strengthen Rural Economies in the Southwest Region of the People's Republic of China
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 300,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Agriculture, natural resources and rural development / Rural water policy, institutional and capacity development

Industry and trade / Industry and trade sector development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the preparation of a comprehensive study evaluating the policies needed to build a firm foundation of income opportunities to protect and improve the lives of the rural low-income population in the southwest region of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Paying particular attention to Guizhou province, the TA will support the preparation of policy recommendations to strengthen both agriculture and non-agriculture sectors that have the most impact in ensuring labor income opportunities of the rural low-income population. The TA will help bring the low-income population to a better state and include them in the development process by strengthening economic activities in the southwestern region of the PRC.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

While the PRC has made tremendous progress in reducing poverty approximately 850 million people have emerged out of absolute poverty in the last four decades rapid growth has also given rise to new concerns, including social inequality. The country announced in February 2021 that it eradicated absolute poverty. However, gains from rapid growth have not been shared evenly, with the PRC's Gini coefficient remaining at a relatively high level above 0.46 over the past years.

Guizhou is one of the lower-income provinces in the PRC. In 2019, its gross domestic product per capita was at CNY46,433 or 65.8% of the PRC average (CNY70,581). In 2017, its poverty rate of 7.75% was more than double the national rate of 3.10%. In support of the national government's innovative approach of inclusive development, the Guizhou Provincial Government identified and started developing key industries that have a strong potential to create labor income opportunities, such as ecological poultry, farming, tea, edible fungus cultivation, Chinese medicine herbs cultivation, and tourism.

Despite these efforts, further development is needed, particularly in rural areas, where resource utilization is limited. Strengthening rural economies to ensure labor income opportunities for the rural low-income population in the southwest PRC is a key concern. Policies are needed to build a firm foundation of labor income opportunities to protect and improve the lives of the rural low-income population in the southwest region of the PRC. There is also a need to further understand how the changing national and global contexts affect the local economy. This has become even more important following the PRC's achievement of its goal of absolute poverty eradication in 2020 which saw low-income households starting to seek more stable and higher labor income streams. Investigating the various factors of production between urban and rural areas, strengthening of farm and non-farm income streams, reducing labor income gap within the region, and promoting a coordinated and new regional development approach to provide sustainable labor income opportunities is needed.

Impact Green, high quality development achieved, especially across in southwest region of the PRC achieved (14th Five Year Plan)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Strategies and policies to strengthen the existing economic foundation in both the agriculture and non-agriculture sectors in the southwest region improved
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Study on strengthening rural economies that ensures opportunities of the rural low-income population in the southwest PRC completed

Policy advice on strengthening rural economies that ensures labor income opportunities of the rural low-income population in the southwest PRC finalized

Understanding of local government officials and enterprise management of approaches to sustainable operations strengthened and implemented

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Guizhou
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design consultation with EA and IA in the design, components, and implementation details of the TA. Fact-finding mission was held on 31 August, and 1 and 10 September 2021.
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Firm: Consultants' Qualification Selection (CQS): policy research and capacity building team (lead specialist, agriculture economist, regional economist, economic analyst, area specialists): $194,100

Individual: individual consultants' selection: Resource persons: $20,400

ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.

Procurement ADB will engage the consultants and carry out procurement following ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions.
Responsible ADB Officer Hagiwara, Akiko
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Office of the Director General, EARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Guizhou Foreign Capital Project Management Center of Guizhou Province Poverty Reduction & Development Office
No.242 Zhonghua Bei Road
Yunyan District
Guiyang City
Guizhou Province
Guizhou Provincial Government (EA)
No 43, Zhongshan West Road, Guiyang city, 550003
Guizhou Province, PRC
Timetable
Concept Clearance 25 Jun 2021
Fact Finding 31 Aug 2021 to 10 Sep 2021
MRM -
Approval 26 Nov 2021
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Nov 2021

TA 6842-PRC

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
26 Nov 2021 - - 31 Dec 2024 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
300,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 300,000.00 20 Dec 2021 0.00

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