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World Bank lends $100m to support farmer cooperatives in NW China

Updated: Feb 10,2017 9:37 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — The World Bank has granted a $100 million loan to support farmer cooperatives and help reduce rural poverty in the northwestern province of Shaanxi.

The loan will help local cooperatives with major purchases and allow them to build partnerships with established businesses to give smallholders access to modern markets, according to a press release from the World Bank on Feb 10.

Cooperatives provide farmers with technical training, manage the collective purchase of seeds and fertilizers and help to sell products, but many cooperatives lack management vision and funds, said Yan Guangming, World Bank senior urban specialist and co-task leader for the project.

The government also provided $50 million to the project, according to the World Bank.

It said the project will be carried out in 11 poor counties in Shaanxi from 2017 to 2022 and cover about 48,600 poor people.