Morocco sending experts to help improve food security in Djibouti
New South-South Cooperation agreement signed for US$1.2 million project
20 December 2004, Rome - Morocco will send 22 farming experts and technicians to Djibouti to work with local experts, as part of an agreement between the two countries, the Islamic Development Bank and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the agency announced today.
The agreement is part of FAO's South-South Cooperation Programme, a global initiative that aims to strengthen cooperation among developing countries at different stages of development to improve agricultural productivity and ensure access to food for all.
The Moroccan experts will work in Djibouti for three years, contributing their know-how in areas such as water management, crop intensification and farming systems diversification, including animal husbandry and fisheries. The US$1.2 million project will be financed by the Islamic Development Bank, the Governments of Saudi Arabia and Djibouti, and FAO.
"FAO very much welcomes this agreement. We are sure the Moroccan experts will share their skills to great effect with farmers in Djibouti, as they have done in other African countries," said Henri Carsalade, FAO Assistant Director-General, Technical Cooperation Department, during a signing ceremony at FAO headquarters in Rome today.
Morocco has already sent experts to Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic and Niger under similar agreements.
The South-South Cooperation Programme is part of FAO's Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS) designed to improve lives in some of the world's poorest countries by rapidly increasing food production, improving people's access to food and reducing their vulnerability to climatic events such as drought and floods.
Today, the SPFS is present in more than 100 countries, and the South-South Cooperation Programme is being implemented in 31 countries, with over 700 experts and technicians currently working in farming communities.
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