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Rome, 5 October 2000 -- The governments of Egypt and Cameroon signed a tripartite agreement today with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to send Egyptian agricultural technicians to assist Cameroon's 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 Cameroon for two to three years, stressing a continuing spirit of cooperation between the two African countries.

According to the agreement, Egypt will send experts and field technicians to Cameroon for two to three years, to identify, design and implement a number of small rural projects appropriate to the local environment. The cooperative effort aims to remove socio-economic constraints to the development of food production including cereals, vegetables, fruits, roots and tubers, small animals, artisanal fisheries and aquaculture.

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 in 1996.

The Special Programme for Food Security is operational in 61 countries - 36 in Africa, 13 in Asia and the Near East, 8 in Latin America, 2 in Europe, and 2 in Oceania. The SPFS is in various stages of formulation in 19 LIFDCs.

The agreement was signed at FAO headquarters by Nehad Ibrahim Abdel-Latif, Ambassador of Egypt and Permanent Representative to FAO, Michael Tabong Kima, Cameroon's Minister Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to FAO and Henri Carsalade, Assistant Director-General, FAO Technical Cooperation Department.


To learn more about FAO's Special Programme on Food Security and "South-South" cooperation, please visit the FAO web site at:

Contact: John Riddle
FAO Media Relations
Telephone: (39) 06 57 05 32 59

TV: Please note that Broadcast quality video material is also available (Betacam). A 13' feature on SPFS includes footage on South-South cooperation among FAO and Vietnamese experts serving in Senegal.

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