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. The rapid economic transformation has left some segments of population behind. Women farmers are largely vulnerable as they constitute the large segment of population in the rural areas of China. They comprise approximately 60% of the agricultural labor force in China. Women farmers are most vulnerable to negative climate change impacts and that systemic biases and challenges continue to persist.
The Liupan Mountainous Area in the eastern part of Qinghai is one of the 14 priority areas of focus for poverty reduction as outlined in the China Poverty Reduction Outline 2011 – 2020. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is currently implementing a project titled “Qinghai Liupan Mountain Area Poverty Reduction Project (2015 – 2020)”. This proposed project builds on and will complement IFAD's project. The geographic location of the project will be in 3 or 4 counties selected from the 7 IFAD project counties. Both the IFAD project and the proposed project will reinforce each other in terms of results and impact for women beneficiaries.
Overall Goal: Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy.
Outcome: More women farmers in Qinghai Province have increased income security and are more resilient in a changing climate.