Rome — UN Rome-based Companies – FAO, IFAD and WFP – have a good time Worldwide Day for South-South Cooperation
The UN Rome-based companies (RBAs) – the Meals and Agriculture Group of the United Nations (FAO), the Worldwide Fund for Agricultural Improvement (IFAD) and the World Meals Programme (WFP) – as we speak collectively celebrated the 2021 Worldwide Day for South-South Cooperation below the theme “Agrifood Programs Transformation and Voices from the World South”.
Hosted by FAO, this yr’s celebration targeted on making voices from the World South heard on their challenges, approaches and plans for agrifood methods transformation. Contributors within the occasion mentioned mobilise synergies, options, and expertise from the World South to make agrifood methods extra inclusive and sustainable.
“The South is an more and more dynamic supply of concepts, options, data and partnerships,” FAO Director-Basic, QU Dongyu, mentioned in a video message. “Collectively, we will provide the options based mostly on priorities and pathways of the transformation of agrifood methods within the South, for the South and past the South.”
The celebration featured experiences and views from India, Kenya and Uganda, in addition to from the Latin America and Caribbean area, represented by the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). Highlighting a lot of game-changing options which can be notably impactful for the World South, the occasion additionally gave area to construct a joint-RBA South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) agenda on agrifood methods transformation.
“We’re reminded that implementing equitable and inclusive meals methods shall be virtually inconceivable with out efficient cooperation amongst Southern nations,” mentioned Ron Hartman, IFAD’s Director of World Engagement, Partnerships and Useful resource Mobilisation. “With the collaboration of our companions, we will replicate good practices and to scale-up analysis, innovation and developments in info and digital expertise to the advantage of weak populations,” he added.
WFP’s Director of the Programme, Humanitarian and Improvement Division,, David Kaatrud, mentioned, “We’ve come a great distance because the early steps of the RBAs’ collaboration on SSTC. Our companies are dedicated to ‘stroll the discuss’ with a view to improve the RBAs’ collaboration for SSTC to advertise inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood methods transformation.”
RBA actions on South-South Cooperation
RBA SSTC actions have a catalytic and complementary function in coalescing synergies, options and expertise. Sharing of data, experiences, applied sciences, assets amongst nations within the World South has an vital function to play in bringing efficient approaches for extra sustainable and inclusive agrifood methods.
As a facilitator of SSTC, FAO brings collectively nations which have improvement options with different nations fascinated about making use of them in comparable contexts. FAO connects companions by means of its in depth country-level presence by facilitating dialogue, providing technical oversight, mobilising assets and growing the visibility of SSTC initiatives.
Beneath the brand new SSTC Strategic Framework (2022-2025), FAO goals to increase its partnership base with a various group of nations within the World South to mobilise sufficient monetary and technical assets to implement impactful SSTC programmes and initiatives.
“We must be conscious of appearing meaningfully and collectively,” cautioned Ye Anping, Director of FAO’s Division for SSTC.
During the last ten years, SSTC at FAO has helped greater than 70,000 direct grassroots beneficiaries in rural areas, and a number of other hundred thousand oblique beneficiaries. A whole bunch of inexpensive, scalable technological improvements have been tailored to native contexts, and 1,000 trainees from greater than 100 nations have attended 48 high-level capability improvement occasions, together with examine excursions, coaching programs, workshops, seminars, professional conferences, coverage dialogues, symposiums, and fora. Greater than 290 consultants and technicians from China have been deployed in 12 nations, and FAO additionally has sturdy SST partnerships with Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Eire, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico and the Netherlands, amongst others. FAO goals to increase its partnership base with numerous teams of nations and different actors together with analysis institutes, centres of excellence, and the non-public sector.
IFAD believes that SSTC can and does play a vital function within the supply of adaptive cooperation and peer-to-peer exchanges of data and expertise to enhance agricultural productiveness. As is mirrored within the BAPA+40 consequence doc, agriculture, meals safety, vitamin, and meals security are areas of mutual studying and coordination for South-South and Triangular cooperation.
IFAD-funded tasks and grants have promoted SSTC as a key mechanism for delivering related, focused and cost-effective improvement options and different assets to beneficiaries and companions throughout the globe. It’s also this recognition that embeds SSTC as a dedication within the Fund’s 2016-2025 Strategic Framework.
WFP, the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has a monitor file of working with nations when meals methods are disrupted as a consequence of battle, local weather induced disasters or financial crises. Constructing on its international operational footprint, deep subject presence in over 80 nations and robust experience in humanitarian and improvement areas, WFP brokers SSTC to galvanise new, sustainable partnerships in any respect ranges (international, regional, nationwide) and promote country-led progress in the direction of extra resilient, inclusive and sustainable meals methods.
During the last decade, WFP has stepped up considerably as an SSTC dealer by way of (1) consolidating WFP’s international method to SSTC, drawing on the findings from WFP’s Analysis of the World Coverage on South-South Cooperation and WFP’s World SSTC Activity Power, in addition to work on mainstreaming SSTC into WFP’s company methods and methods, together with the upcoming WFP Company Strategic Plan; and (2) supporting host governments to succeed in and create advantages for essentially the most weak folks affected by starvation and malnutrition throughout completely different areas by means of SSTC.
Since 2019, WFP has established a worldwide partnership with China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) to roll out field-oriented SSTC pilot tasks in Ecuador, Kenya, Peru, the Republic of Congo and Sri Lanka as a part of WFP’s World Area Pilot Initiative.
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