Jiangxi, an underdeveloped province in the southeast-central part of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), is 78% mountains and hills. Forestry plays an important role in its economic development and environmental sustainability, however, about 1.5 million of its 10.6 million hectares (ha) designated forestland was barren or low yielding, as of project appraisal. Underutilization of the fores
Despite improvements in rural infrastructure, the share of Bangladesh’s rural population with access to all-weather roads and paved rural roads was lower than that of other South Asian countries at project appraisal. Compared with 60% in India and 61% in Pakistan, only 37% of the country’s rural population had access to all-weather roads.
In October 2008, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved the government of Cambodia’s request for assistance in responding to the crisis in food prices, deemed to escalate with the looming decline in food production due to the increasing prices of fertilizers and gasoline that could drive transport, irrigation, and other agricultural production costs higher.
During project preparation, an unprecedented inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) in cross-border contract farming and large land concessions marked the agriculture and natural resources (ANR) sector of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). Investors included businesses from the People’s Republic of China, India, Republic of Korea, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
In 2009, the government of Uzbekistan launched the flagship Rural Housing Scheme that channeled rural savings into housing investments and utilized local contractors and construction materials to generate jobs and stimulate the construction industry. Under the scheme, 847 houses were built in 2009 and 6,800 houses in 2010.