Thirty communes in five districts in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang will benefit from a 33 million USD poverty reduction project, according to Nguyen Minh Tien, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee.

The Commodity-oriented Poverty Reduction Programme will receive 20 million USD in Official Development Assistance (ODA) capital provided by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), while the Vietnamese Government will provide 9.5 million USD and the beneficiaries will contribute the remaining 4.2 million USD.

The programme, to run from 2015 to 2020, aims to sustainably improve income and reduce the risk of economic losses for poor households in the target communes in the districts of Hoang Su Phi, Xin Man, Vi Xuyen, Bac Quang and Quang Binh.

One of the specific goals of the programme is to reduce the rate of poor households by half and malnutrition among children by 30 percent by 2020 in beneficiary communes.

At the same time, the programme also seeks more balanced income between women-run households and men-run households.

Hoang Su Phi and Xin Man are among six districts of Ha Giang listed among the nation’s 61 poorest.

The rate of poverty in those six districts is over 50 percent and the annual average income per capita is 3.6 million VND (around 170 USD).-VNA