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Press Release 00/67

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


Rome, 29 November 2000 -- The governments of Pakistan and Swaziland have signed a tripartite agreement with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to send Pakistani agricultural experts and field technicians to assist agriculture in Swaziland. The cooperative accord, signed under the framework of FAO's Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS), will place the technical assistance services of Pakistan at the disposal of Swaziland for 3 years, FAO said in a statement issued today.

According to the agreement, Pakistan will provide Swaziland with five experts and 45 field technicians in a phased manner. Pakistan will assist in extending activities in water control, in increasing efficiency of food crop production and horticultural crops and in promoting new crops in the crop rotation.

The SPFS is designed to reduce incidences of malnutrition and focuses on water control (small-scale irrigation and on-farm water management systems), increasing production and productivity of crops and agricultural diversification. Livestock and aquaculture development are part of the programme.

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 61 countries - 36 in Africa, 13 in Asia and the Near East, 8 in Latin-America, 2 in Europe, and 2 in Oceania.

The agreement was signed at FAO headquarters by Mr. Noah Nkambule, Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, on behalf of the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland, Mr. Athar Mahmood, Chargé d'Affaires and Pakistan's Acting Permanent Representative to FAO, and Mr. Henri Carsalade, 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/


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