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South-South Cooperation central to eradication hunger and extreme poverty, says FAO chief

High-level round table on South-South cooperation at the United Nations highlights the importance of stronger partnerships and knowledge sharing among developing nations

26 September 2015, New York - South-South Cooperation will continue to play a crucial role in eradicating hunger and achieving food security, poverty reduction and sustainable agriculture in developing countries, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva during a high-level round table event organised on the margins of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit for the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The event, hosted by the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, saw participation from many world leaders who spoke on the importance of South-South Cooperation.

In his remarks, Graziano da Silva noted that developing countries often faced similar geographic, climatic, cultural and social conditions. “This makes it easier to adapt and adopt already tested technologies,” he said.

The Director-General thanked China and others for their participation in South-South Cooperation and stressed that the role of FAO was to facilitate cooperation among countries.

The Co-Chairs of the event stressed the solutions South-South Cooperation could offer to challenges faced by other developing countries, in particular the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS.

“Stronger ties among countries from the South will also continue to have positive impact on trade and financial flows, technological capabilities and economic growth in these countries, therefore acting as one of the major vehicles in support of the realization of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development,” they noted in a statement.

The FAO chief urged the global community to work towards increasing food security and nutrition.

“A zero hunger and sustainable world is within our reach. And FAO is committed to working with you to get there,” he said.

FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme

The FAO- China South-South Cooperation Program is present in 24 countries. With investments worth $80 million, the program has fielded over 1000 experts to countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Earlier this month, FAO, China and Uganda signed a two year agreement worth almost $2.5 million to implement the second phase of a program to boost agribusiness in Uganda.