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January 4, 2023   WFP China COE
China's Policies Pave Way to Rural Digitalization

Rural Digitization;Poverty alleviation;E-commerce

At the end of 2014, poverty alleviation through e-commerce was included in the 10 targeted poverty alleviation programs. In 2015, the rural e-commerce demonstration program was launched.

In October 2016, China released the Action Plan for Internet Plus Poverty Alleviation,and has made notable progress since then:

● The “network coverage program” and “rural e-commerce program” have effectively strengthened communications and logistics infrastructure in remote rural areas;

● The “internet-based capacity-building program” has taught rural users how to use the internet to learn and work.

● The “information service program” has built a service network for rural areas and accumulated a massive amount of data for poverty alleviation; and

● The “internet-based philanthropy program” has diversified the communication channels between urban and rural areas.

In addition, the 10 targeted poverty alleviation programs lay solid groundwork for rural digitization by providing entrepreneurship training and microcredit loans for poverty alleviation, etc.

Excerpt from: Sci-Tech Empowering Rural Transformation Report 2022: Digital Technology Empowers Agricultural Value Chain Development