et revolution, should be encouraged to actively participate in the program and freely voice thei
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nd the facilities can be sustainably maintained. Since the aim of the toilet revolution is not just to accomplish a task assign
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resenting results that appear impressive but lack substance. Instead, they should a
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Jiang Wenlai, a professor at the Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
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The toilet revolution has not only improved farmers’ quality of life,
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ovement in the living conditions in rural areas, partly due to the toilet revolution, young people living in the city ten
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dually recognize the program’s many benefits and their enthusiasm for the toilet revolution will likely increase.
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nstance, the model of integrating toilet renovation with domestic wastewater treatment adopted by Laiwu, Sha
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uld be established to assess the results and ensure the program is properly operated in the long run.
Yu Fawen, a research fellow at the Institute of Rural Development, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences