Since 2018, Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU) has implemented a new model of poverty alleviation and rural rejuvenation by requiring its ten academies to offer tailored support to ten villages in Majiang County, Guizhou Province. By the end of 2018, all villages in the county had been lifted out of poverty with poverty incidence dropping from 16.8% in 2015 to 1.57%, and only 3,280 people in 1,382 households remaining under the national poverty line. In April 2019, the Guizhou provincial government officially moved Majiang County out of the list of low-income counties.
Leveraging party-building activities. Since 2018, leaders of all ten academies from NAU have carried out investigations in their respective target villages in Cengong County. They conducted party-building exchanges with local party committees, and used these activities to become familiar with local conditions, which resulted in the establishment of cultural classrooms, smart classrooms, strawberry gardens, bracken processing plants and other facilities in these villages.
Boosting local industries. In cooperation with the Agricultural and Rural Bureau, the Administrative Committee of the Agritourism Park and the Supply and Marketing Cooperative in the county, NAU identified 11 industries that produce specialty goods including rice rich in zinc and selenium, chrysanthemum, red garlic, fish farmed in rice fields, rapeseed, vegetables, strawberries, broiler chickens, flowers, bracken and blueberries. The ten academies established 11 demonstrative production bases supported by nine expert service teams, which provided guidance to agricultural production in 66,666 hectares of farm fields, generating additional value of over 100 million RMB.
Providing knowledge-based support. The university has provided continuous professional advice to the county government in planning the development of organic agriculture, promoting specific industries and increasing agricultural productivity, etc.
Expanding consumption of local products. By working with its logistics service group and asset management company, the university not only introduced the specialty goods from Majiang County into its own supermarkets, canteens and communities, but also sought diverse marketing channels for these goods, providing substantial impetus for poor households in the county to actively contribute their share to local industries.
Offering student support. NAU also developed a one-to-one student support program, which sends volunteer teachers to Majiang County to help selected students improve their study based on their personal needs. By June 2019, the program had raised a fund of 70,000 RMB and benefitted 75 students.