Viet Nam sending experts to help improve food security in Mali
South-South Cooperation to be funded by City of Montreuil, France
1 December 2005, Rome – Viet Nam will send 12 farming experts and technicians to Mali to work with local experts in the District of Yélimané in the northwestern part of the country, as part of an agreement between the two countries, the City of Montreuil, France, and the 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 Vietnamese experts will work in Mali for three years, contributing their knowledge in areas such as water management, crop intensification, particularly in rice, maize and vegetable production, and farming systems diversification, with emphasis on short-cycle animal husbandry.
History of cooperation
Viet Nam was one of the first countries to participate in the South-South Cooperation Programme, sending its first team of experts to Senegal, as part of an agreement initiated in 1996. Since then, Viet Nam has fielded farming experts to Benin, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Madagascar and the Republic of Congo, as part of South-South Cooperation agreements with those countries.
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.
To date, 36 South-South Cooperation agreements have been signed and over 730 experts and technicians are currently working in the field on SPFS projects.
“Agreements such as these allow recipient countries to benefit from the strengths, experience and expertise of other developing countries in a pragmatic and cost-effective manner and play a vital role in promoting solidarity among developing countries,” said Henri Carsalade, FAO Assistant Director-General for Technical Cooperation.
One of the programme's strengths is the low costs involved. They are shared between donor and recipient countries, funding institutions or third donor countries and FAO. In the case of the Mali project, the City of Montreuil, France, is providing funding of over $400 000, as part of its ongoing partnership with Yélimané to promote sustainable development in the region.
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