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Shibadong village: where targeted poverty alleviation began
Friday, July 19, 2019

BEIJING, July 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- A news report by China.org.cn on Shibadong Village, an example of China's targeted poverty alleviation:

In the mountains of western Hunan sits Shibadong, a village with rich ethnic charm. The Miao people living there celebrate their festivals by playing on swings, playing the sheng (a traditional Chinese reed instrument), performing dragon dances, and singing folk songs. They wear embroidered Miao costumes and eat wild vegetables and cured meat. They might not have foreseen that their long-standing traditional culture and lifestyle would one day become their way out of poverty.

Owing to its location deep in the mountains, sources of income in the village are limited. This, coupled with the harsh agricultural conditions there, meant that the village was mired in poverty. In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the village and put forward the concept of targeted poverty alleviation for the first time. Since then, the village has undergone dramatic changes.

The village started by creatively developing industries with local characteristics. Miao embroidery cooperatives, for example, were formed as urbanization gathered pace and the village's youths left for the cities. In these cooperatives, "left-behind women" could find jobs on their doorstep. Since the village had too many residents for its land size, villagers began to think "outside of Shibadong." They built sprawling plantations of high-quality kiwi fruit in nearby villages and towns. Fruit companies were set up to sell the products they grew directly to Hong Kong and Macao. More than 300 villagers found jobs in Shenzhen and Guangzhou, places partnered with Shibadong to help its fight against poverty. A spring water plant was built on outside investment. The plant's profits are shared among local villagers.

In view of its local conditions and resources, the village has decided on six major industries: crop cultivation, livestock breeding, Miao embroidery, labor service export, rural tourism, and mountain spring water.

In addition, the village has organized various campaigns to stop the reliance of impoverished villagers on their poverty for easy benefits. Meanwhile, public utilities have been improved, with all of the village's households now enjoying better kitchens, toilets, and access to tap water and electricity.

The once poverty-stricken village has now changed beyond all recognition. In February 2017, all of its 533 impoverished residents were lifted out of poverty. The net per capita income grew sixfold between 2013 and 2018. Shibadong was even named one of China's Most Beautiful Villages for Leisure last year.

The triumph of Shibadong village over poverty is both a credit to China's approach of targeted poverty alleviation and an example of the fight against poverty at a village level. The 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China this year is just one year away from China's planned completion of its poverty eradication plan. The village's targeted policies and emphasis on tapping into local potential rather than relying solely on outside help are inspirational to not only other parts of the country but also the global fight against poverty.

China Mosaic
http://www.china.org.cn/video/node_7230027.htm
Shibadong village: where targeted poverty alleviation began
http://www.china.org.cn/video/2019-07/19/content_75009507.htm

About China.org.cn
Founded in 2000, China Internet Information Center (China.org.cn/China.com.cn) is a key state news website under the auspices of the State Council Information Office, and is managed by China International Publishing Group. We provide round-the-clock news service in ten languages. With users from more than 200 countries and regions, we have become China's leading multi-lingual news outlet introducing the country to the outside world.

We are one of the country's authoritative outlets for government press releases and are authorized to cover various major events. "Live Webcast" is our online webcasting service to present State Council Information Office press conferences in both Chinese and English languages. We are reputed for timely and accurate delivery of news and information, and wide interactions with audiences. In addition, we are authorized to publish and live broadcast major events and press conferences of ministries, local government agencies and institutions as well as enterprises.

In the era of mobile internet, we endeavor to create an array of products for mobile devices headed by the multilingual WAP platform and the mobile APP. We also use Chinese and international social media to publish information for different user groups.

In the future, CIIC will continue to offer authoritative information about China, tell China's stories, voice China's opinions, and introduce a vivid, panoramic and multicultural China to the world through multi-language, multi-media and multi-platforms.

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