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    Thailand and FAO: Achievements and Success Stories 2011
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    Thailand became a member of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on 27 August 1947. Over the last three decades, and moving gradually from a recipient into a donor country, Thailand has contributed significantly to FAO to fulfil its mandates. The keen interest and personal involvement of Thailand’s Royal Family in agricultural and rural development in the country have been crucial elements of the evolving partnerships between Thailand and FAO. In this connection, FAO has a warded the Ceres Medal to Her Majesty the Queen in 1979, and the Agricola and TeleFood Medals to His Majesty the King in 1995 and 1999, respectively. There are, moreover, special projects initiated by the government such as the debt restructuring scheme, the village fund, the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) fund, and the universal healthcare scheme supporting the operation. Over the past half century, Thailand’s agricultural sector has moved beyond self-sufficiency to making the nation a major food exporter. Today, Thailand plays an important role as a regional food centre and ‘kitchen of the world’, feeding its own population and contributing to the food security of people in and outside of Asia. Indeed, Thailand stands as the world number one exporter of rice sharing over 30 percent of the global rice trade volume, in addition to canned tuna fish, natural rubber, etc. FAO’s direct support – or field programme in Thailand – was initially mainly supported by UNDP which had provided s ince 1950 some US$50 million for financing 136 FAO implemented projects till the early 1990s. In addition, FAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) – funded from the Organization’s own regular programme – started in 1977. Since then 105 full-scale and close to 20 small-scale TCP Facility projects with a combined budget of approximately US$14 million have been approved by the FAO Director-General. Another financing modality for field programmes started in 1997, the worldwide TeleFood Special F und, under which Thailand implemented 36 projects until now with a total budget of about US$260 000. Finally, 17 donor funded Trust Fund projects were implemented – both long-term and emergency – since the 1980s with a total budget of US$5.1 million. In overall, 314 projects have been or are being implemented by FAO in Thailand with a total budget of US$70 million. In addition, Thailand has benefitted from nearly 100 global/regional projects in which the country participated.
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    Celebrating 40 Years in Sri Lanka 2020
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    Sri Lanka became a member nation of FAO in April 1948 and a permanent FAO Representation was established in the country in 1979, signalling a close partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka. Since then, FAO’s technical assistance and funding support to the country has focused on addressing the needs and priorities of the government within the sectors of agriculture, livestock, fisheries and forestry. Over the past 40 years, the FAO Representation in Sri Lanka has implemented over 400 projects in the country reaching approximately one million farming and fishing families in the country enabling them to build resilient livelihoods. With its mandate aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), FAO is continuing to assist the Sri Lankan people by forging strong partnerships with all its stakeholders.
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    FAO Achievements in Iran 2011
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    Iran became a member of FAO on December 01, 1953. The Organization is physically present in Iran through its Representation Office which was reopened in 1992 after Islamic Revolution in 1979. According to the Agreement signed between FAO Director General, Dr. Eduard Saouma and former Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Issa Kalantari in November 1991, the Ministry has since provided the premises, hosting FAO Representation office in its main building. The major thrust of FAO’s technical assistance to Iran has been in the areas of: capacity building, policy and strategy development, crop production, livestock and animal health, fisheries and forest management, and, emergency and rehabilitation programme. A summary is given under section B below. Based on the review of the major FAO projects implemented in Iran in early 2007, it was concluded that in general most of the projects requested and implemented were on ad-hoc basis, therefore failing to create a visible impact on the agriculture. As a result, preparation of National Medium Term Priority Framework (NMTPF) was initiated. In 2010, following the extension of both UNDAF and National Development Plan by one year, FAO decided to update the draft NMTPF and prepare a new Country Programming Framework – CPF document. More details follow under Section B below. In line with the Government priorities for sustainable agriculture and rural development, the future assistance of FAO in the medium-term, is intended to focus, inter alia, on f ully harnessing the potential for: enhanced investment at the value-chain level to increase rural income and employment, agribusiness and commercialization of agriculture including horticulture exports, and full integration of poor and small farmers in the commercialization and agri-business development.

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