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The Pingzhang Programme in Yunnan Province, China followed on the progress of neighbouring Haitang Administrative Village where the inaugural YLP was held in 2006. Participants looked at the related efforts to secure international certification for Pingzhang, involving organic and NTFP recognition, which may be a first in China. There was a focus on the warehousing and packaging of cash crops, in particular walnuts and medicinal plants, which would allow farmers to meet seasonal variations to maximise profits as well as promoting distinctive handicrafts as souvenirs. The latter is arguably more fundamental as it can raise the status of Pingzhang’s women. The plan also included an initiative to certify organic non-timber forest products for sale in domestic markets and for export to Europe.

The business plan outlines the implementation plan to improve the livelihood of the villagers and the community has been created. The plan is created so that it can be easily replicated in other communities. For a visual overview of the programme please see the photo story and please refer to the round-up for a comprehensive review of the site visit.

 

        
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The very first YLP was held in July and August 2006. The field project took Young Leaders to Haitang Administrative Village in Baoshan prefecture, Yunnan province, in China. Participants worked with farmers and the local NGO to develop a supply chain management strategy to enable villagers to sell their products at a fair price. The resulting plan also proposed governance structures so that the revenue generated can be used to finance the development of the community in a sustainable manner.

The participants learnt – among other things – that while money is crucial, it is only one component in a process of self-improvement.

“The programme made me understand that money is not the ultimate solution to poverty. Knowledge is paramount.”

The business plan outlined a strategy and implementation plan that will allow the villages of Yunnan to help create a self-reliant and sustainable future for themselves. For a visual overview of the programme please see the photo story and please refer to the round-up for a comprehensive review of the site visit.

 


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