Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have helped lift many rural areas out of poverty by supporting the local agricultural industry with advanced science and technology.
By the end of June, the academy had provided scientific assistance in 68 poverty-stricken villages in areas including Huree Banner in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, Huanjiang Maonan autonomous county in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, and Shuicheng county and Liuzhi special district in Guizhou province. It had helped 101,041 people in 27,966 households out of poverty.
The academy has set up a leading group, headed by the president of CAS, Bai Chunli, to coordinate all the work. Each poverty-stricken county was assigned one responsible research institute that helped introduce resources, scientific results and projects to the county, as well as train local technicians and officials.
"The academy had long made poverty alleviation efforts before, but although the overall GDP in that town or village was raised, it turned out that the increases were owed to those who were capable. Local farmers still lacked basic knowledge and techniques to make wealth," said Yan Qing, director of the science and technology development department of CAS.
He said the key should lie in improving the level of industrialization by better connecting farmers with enterprises.
In 2017, the academy sent teams of about 10 academicians and over 500 experts into rural towns and villages to carry out a comprehensive field survey and propose poverty-alleviation plans. The plans were tailored specifically to the local sectors and products where each area has advantages.