Strengthening Qinghai women farmers’ income security and resilience in a changing climate

Period: 2018–2021
Funding sources: UN Women  

Over the past three decades, China has achieved impressive economic growth and lifted millions of people out of poverty and hunger. However, this has not necessarily translated into sustainable and equitable development outcomes. In 2017, China’s total employment in agriculture was 133.5 million or 17.5% of total employment. Extreme poverty was concentrated in therural areas, particularly in western provinces (regions) of China, where its fragile ecological environment is sensitive and vulnerable to climate change. Women farmers are largely vulnerable as they constitute alarge segment of the population in therural areas of China. They comprise approximately 60% of the agricultural labour force in China.
This project objectiveis to promote poverty reduction among women farmers by helping them become more economically resilient in a changing climate through improving and increasing their accessto climate-resilient and productive assets, finance, tools, technologies, capacities, and opportunities for moving up the value chain. The project directly addresses both China’s national poverty reduction goalsas well as SDG global frameworks and principles for delivering gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in selected poverty-stricken counties in Qinghai Province.
This proposed project builds on and will complement the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)'s project in Qinghai. This project will work with UN Women China, the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy(CCAP) oftheChineseAcademy of Sciences, IFAD and its local partners, including the Qinghai Provincial Bureau of Poverty Alleviation, and the Women’s Federationand their county level subsidiaries, to implement the project.