Video: Belt and Road of Agriculture and Poverty Alleviation: Tale of Two Villages in China and Tanzania


How does a village in the proverbial “middle of nowhere” leapfrog from the conditions close to the Middle Ages into the 21st century and the center of world connectivity in the matter of 4 years? In this new webcast / podcast from the Belt and Road Institute in Sweden (BRIX), we can hear the incredible story of the transformation of the Hebian village in the Xishuanbanna Prefecture in Yunnan Province in China from one of the people who contributed to this transformation, Professor Xu Jin from the China Agricultural University, which participated in the Chinese national campaign to eradicate poverty, which finally succeeded in 2020 to pull 800 million Chinese people from extreme poverty.

Professor Xu also tells host, Hussein Askary, the story of another village, this time in Tanzania called Mtego Wa Simba, where her university participated in an agricultural development program called “Simple Technology, Big Harvest”, which is part of a larger Chinese Belt and Road Initiative announced by President Xi Jinping withing the Forum for China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

This is a master class in innovation and ingenuity transforming the disadvantages of a village and region into advantages.


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China’s Epic Journey from Poverty to Prosperity.