WFP SUPPORT TO FORESTRY DEVELOPMENT, China 1983.
The UN/FAO World Food Programme (WFP) has as yet only a short history
of working in China, but already it is second only to the World Bank group in the amount of development resources it
has made available
and its operations continue to expand. By the end of 1983 WFP was
operating in 17 different provinces and autonomous regions and had
approved support tor a further 20 different projects for which it
committed some $200 million worth of food, mainly tor use as "food:
for work" rations. Among these projects is the national conservation
plan which encourages tree planting and pasture development in 11
provinces of north, northeast and west China. The target is the
planting of six million hectares of trees between 1980 1990.
Well-tended agricultural contours in Xiji County. WFP assisted members
of Gong Yi Peoples Commune (left foreground) prepare a steep hill
slope for tree planting as protection against erosion.
WFP photo by M. Cherry