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EGYPT, TANZANIA SIGN AGRICULTURAL ASSISTANCE ACCORD AS PART OF FAO'S SPECIAL PROGRAMME FOR FOOD SECURITY


Rome, 18 May -- The governments of Egypt and Tanzania signed a tripartite agreement today with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to send Egyptian agricultural technicians to assist Tanzanian agriculture. The cooperative accord, signed under the framework of FAO's Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS), will put the technical assistance services of Egypt at the disposal of Tanzania for three years, stressing a continuing spirit of cooperation between the two African countries.

According to the agreement Egypt "will provide experts and field technicians who will provide the most appropriate technological knowledge and skills required to maximise technical cooperation" in areas such as water control, plant production, small animal husbandry, and artisanal fisheries and aquaculture. The agreement is aimed at improving living conditions of poor and vulnerable groups in rural areas of Tanzania. The initiative will be funded by the governments of both countries and FAO.

According to FAO, South-South Cooperation under the SPFS provides an opportunity to strengthen cooperation among developing countries at different stages of development with the support of interested donor countries and FAO. The initiative helps countries benefit from the experience and expertise of more advanced developing countries. FAO launched the South-South Cooperation Scheme at the beginning of 1997.

The Special Programme for Food Security is operational in 42 countries - 26 in Africa, 10 in Asia and the Near East, 3 in Latin-America, 2 in Europe, and 1 in Oceania. In 31 LIFDCs, the SPFS is in various stages of formulation.

The agreement was signed at FAO headquarters by Nehad Ibrahim Abdel-Latif Ambassador of Egypt and Permanent Representative to FAO , Albano L.T. Asamani, Tanzania's Minister Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to FAO and André Regnier, Assistant Director-General of FAO's Technical Cooperation Department.

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To learn more about FAO's Special Programme on Food Security and "South-South" cooperation, please visit the FAO web site at: <http://www.fao.org/spfs/>

Contact:

John Riddle, Media Officer
Telephone: (39) 06 57 05 32 59
E-Mail: john.riddle@fao.org


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