Simple science and poverty alleviation in China
The Donglan County Science and Technology Training Centre in China's Guangxi Zhuang region teaches poor farmers how to harness basic agricultural technologies to increase their incomes.
Using local songs and illustrations to explain the science behind the concepts being described, the centre is currently teaching farmers how to graft chestnut trees to get bigger and better harvests. Other topics taught at the centre include growing of herbal medicines, fish farming, and rice cultivation.
Farmers applying the knowledge they have gained at the centre have seen yields and incomes increase. So far, the centre has trained 2,700 farmers and helped to lift thousands of families out of poverty.