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FAO – China South-South Cooperation Highlights. Edition no. 27

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    Programme Guidelines for Projects under the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme 2018
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    South-South Cooperation (SSC) is the mutual sharing and transfer of key development solutions, including knowledge, experiences and good practices, policies, technology, know-how, and resources, between and among countries in the global South. It is widely accepted as a complementary development cooperation instrument to the traditional North-South cooperation. SSC is considered a key instrument for promoting agricultural development and food security. The People’s Republic of China has been involved in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) SSC programme since its inception in 1996. As the first country to establish an SSC strategic alliance with FAO in 2006, China decided in 2008 to donate USD 30 million to FAO by setting up a SSC trust fund specifically in support of the FAO-China SSC Programme. Since then, China has already donated USD 80 million to support FAO’s SSC. In China, the Government designated institutions, allocated special funds, selected and dispatched qualified experts and technicians, to ensure the smooth implementation and success of the SSC programme. By the end of 2017, China has fielded more than 1 000 long-term experts and technicians in 28 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. In addition, over 1 000 High-Level (HL) Officials and experts from more than 100 countries participated in the capacity development activities including workshops, trainings and study tours, which have made great contributions to agricultural development and food security in the host countries and reflected China’s image as a responsible developing country to promote the building of a community of shared future for mankind. The SSC modality of deploying long-term experts and technicians, has become one of the most popular cooperation modalities, and has been recognized by countries in the global South as an important delivery mechanism for the agriculture development in host countries and highly praised by the international society. Based on the experience and lessons learned in the past years and in order to better guide and smoothly improve the implementation of the Programme, FAO and China jointly developed these Programme Guidelines for the procedures at each stage of the Project Cycle, intending to further clarify the responsibilities of all parties engaged. These guidelines are fully aligned with the FAO Project Cycle Guide. Further, it aims to ensure that the mutual commitments in the Tripartite Agreement (TPA) and the Multilateral Agreement (MLA) are adhered to and to enhance the capacity of relevant actors for successful programme implementation.
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    Opening Plenary Session. Chapter One of the Proceedings of the FAO International Symposium on the Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition 2016
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    The opening plenary session contains the texts of the welcome address by José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN; the keynote address by Louise Fresco on "The state of knowledge in biotechnology"; the keynote address by Maurício Antônio Lopes and Dr. Pedro Luiz Oliveira de Almeida Machado on "Biotechnologies in action in Brazil"; and the address, "Breakthroughs in resource productivity" by Gunter Pauli. The FAO international symposium on “The role of agricultural biotechnologies in sustainable food systems and nutrition” took place from 15 to 17 February 2016 at FAO headquarters, Rome. Over 400 people attended, including 230 delegates from 75 member countries and the European Union, as well as representatives of intergovernmental organizations, private sector entities, civil society organizations, academia/research organizations and producer organizations/cooperatives. The symposium encompassed the crop, livestock, forestry and fishery sectors and was organized around three main themes: i) climate change; ii) sustainable food systems and nutrition; and iii) people, policies, institutions and communities. The proceedings provide the main highlights of the symposium which covered a broad range of biotechnologies, from low-tech approaches such as those involving use of microbial fermentation processes, biofertilizers, biopesticides and artificial insemination, to high-tech approaches such as those involving advanced DNA-b ased methodologies and genetically modified organisms.

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    For more information, visit the webpage http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/agribiotechs-symposium/en/.
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    FAO–China South–South Cooperation Project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 2019
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    While the Democratic Republic of the Congo has immense agricultural potential, its population of 90 million faces one of the most serious food and nutrition crises in the world. As over 75 percent of rural families rely on agriculture for their livelihoods, ensuring access to inputs and new technologies is needed in order to enhance agricultural production and food security. The FAO-China South-South Cooperation (SSC) project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has provided technical assistance to enhance the agricultural production of nearly 2 260 households. Thirteen Chinese experts and technicians provided assistance on crop production, horticulture, livestock, aquaculture, agricultural machinery and plant protection. The project has helped households to meet their cereal and vegetable needs, increased farmers’ net incomes and taught local farmers new agricultural technologies. It has also promoted the use of the dry bed method and enhanced the efficiency of extension services. Given adequate resources, the technologies and varieties introduced through the FAO- China SSC Programme could be utilized on a much larger scale, reaching more beneficiaries throughout the country.

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