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▼Pilot Study on Knowledge Assistance for Income-Generation through
Sustainable Natural Resource Use in Poverty Areas in Sabah


JBIC, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, seeks the possibility to propose the basic ideas of possible new ODA, Official Development Assistance, loan projects which are envisaged to contribute towards correcting economic disparity in Sabah, through sustainable utilization of the natural resources by the local communities by way of examining and evaluating one pilot project.

●Background

1. Poverty in Sabah

The incidence of poverty in Sabah (22.0% in 2004) is the highest in Malaysia. Therefore, the Sabah government targeted to reduce the incidence of poverty in Sabah to 6.0 percent by the year 2010.

The majority of rural population in Sabah engages in the primary industry relying on the natural resources. Fast growing tourism industry is also heavily depending on the unique ecosystems and biodiversity in Sabah.

2. Natural Resource in Sabah

Total forested area in Sabah has decreased by 1/3 for those 30 years. On the other hand, oil palm planted area has been increased by 15 times for these 25 years.

The Sabah government has implemented projects for natural conservation and poverty alleviation with assistance form the Japanese government. Such status of the poverty and natural resources in Sabah is compatible with the new ODA loan scheme of JBIC for correction of economics disparity in middle income countries

●Tasks of the Pilot Study

1. To grasp poverty situation in Sabah and recommend effective approaches for poverty alleviation.

2. To plan and select one or two pilot projects through the consultation with the advisory committee.

3. To implement and evaluate the selected pilot project.

4. To assist JBIC in formulating a possible new ODA loan project and other possible assistance

based on the evaluation of the projects.

●Composition of the Pilot Study Team

4 members form

Padeco Co. Ltd

(including Team leader)

ITAGAKI, Keishiro

Professor,

Tokyo University of Agriculture

IIJIMA, Tomoaki

Professor,

Tokyo University of Agriculture

OGATA, Kazuo

Professor, Kyushu University Institute of Tropical Agriculture

YI, Ilcheong

AssociateProfessor, Kyushu University Faculty of Linguistics

●Pilot Study Period

April 2006 – May 2007