Meat for sale in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. Today, under "family farming", China's basic agricultural strategy, families who have fulfilled their status quota for a crop in their region, may do other things for extra income. This communal meat shop was set up on a main street by small livestock owners from a nearby village. - - Forestry and Agriculture Development. Since the "second revolution" in economic reform that came with the 1984 October Decision, agricultural reform in the People"s Republic of China has been very successful, although the arable land accounts for only 11 percent of the nation"s total 9 596 961 sq. km and most Chinese remain relatively poor. Per capita income for the nation's 800 million peasants jumped 200 percent between 1978 and 1985, and agricultural growth reached 15 percent by 1985. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is helping China to improve its agricultural and rural development programmes and institutions. In 1986, FAO had 59 projects in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, including 34 short-term projects financed by FAO's Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP).