Heifer's Work in China
Heifer China is connecting producers to markets, strengthening value chains and diversifying income sources for smallholder famers.
In 1946, Heifer International sent its first assistance of 550 high-quality dairy cows to China through the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA).
In 1984, Heifer International resumed its efforts and funded three projects in Sichuan (Dayi Meat Rabbit Project, Ya’an dairy Goat Project and Jianyang Meat Goat Project) coordinating with the Sichuan Provincial Bureau of animal husbandry. As the first group of donated animals, 158 breeding goats and 200 breeding rabbits were shipped from the U.S. and U.K. respectively to project villages. In 1989, the Heifer International China office was established in Chengdu of Sichuan Province.
Since 2005, Heifer China has established six Regional Program Offices across China, including Sichuan/Chongqing, Yunnan/Guizhou, Anhui, Beijing, Tibet and Xinjiang. In 2008, the Wenchuan Earthquake Rehabilitation Project was set up. In the same year, the Sichuan Haihui Poverty Alleviation Service Center was formally registered as the plenipotentiary of Heifer International to manage and implement its projects in China. It was attached under the Sichuan Association for Science & Technology and registered with the Department of Civil Affairs of Sichuan Province.