Over 520 Chinese to work with
Nigeria on food security
China, Nigeria and FAO sign major
6 March 2003, Rome -- China,
Nigeria and FAO on Thursday signed a $22.7 million agreement to
share knowledge and experience between developing countries
under a programme of South-South Cooperation.
The initiative represents the largest programme of its
kind and forms part of a global initiative, the South-South
Cooperation Programme, designed to strengthen collaboration
between countries at different stages of development.
The agreement was signed by representatives
of the two governments and FAO at a ceremony held at the UN
agency's headquarters in Rome.
will work with the Government of Nigeria, providing 20 experts
and over 500 field technicians to work alongside Nigerian
experts over a four year period. Full costs of the programme
will be met by the Government of Nigeria.
Working together, the two countries will implement
activities aimed at safeguarding food security including water
control projects, production systems to boost crops and
diversification of production. Most of the Chinese technicians
will live in the rural communities in which they are to work.
The South-South Cooperation programme will
be implemented within the framework of Nigeria's National
Special Programme for Food Security (NSPFS), developed together
with FAO, which began in January 2002 with government funding of
The programme in Nigeria
spans all 36 states and touches some 23 000 rural households.
Contact: John Riddle Information Officer, FAO
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