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Lai Chi Wo Village - Rural Sustainability

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Project Background & Inspiration

Lai Chi Wo Village is one of the oldest Hakka villages in Hong Kong. However, much of the farmlands have been idle since the 1950s due to emigration. With the support from The Hongkong Bank Foundation, the CCSG team at HKU, aiming to revitalise the village, engaged The Conservancy Association, Hong Kong Countryside Foundation, and the Produce Green Foundation as project partners in 2013.

The community expanded during the first phase of the project (2013-2017) as indigenous villagers returned, new residents moved in, and frequent volunteers developed a sense of attachment to the village. Each founding partner also secured extra support from other parties, including the Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Hong Kong Government. HKU continued its partnership with The Hongkong Bank Foundation with an intent to scale up the project’s impact and enable it to be self-sustaining through socio-economic innovation.

What happened in the project?

With the intent to scale up and enable the community partnerships formed in the past decade to have a life on its own, the HKU team continues working with the villagers on several fronts:

Facilitation of community interactions and partnerships: through meetings, happenings, and different engagement events as platforms to promote collaborative actions and resource sharing.

Setting up Experimental Farm and LoCoKITCHEN: by partnering with local farmers, producers, and communities to develop place-based agro-food products for the market.

Promoting academic research and application on conservation of cultural heritage, biodiversity, and hydrology, as well as rural sustainability.

Project Period

2013 - ongoing


Lai Chi Wo, Hong Kong

Project Lead

Centre for Civil Society and Governance, the University of Hong Kong ("CCSG")

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