Rome, 4 September 2003 -
Bangladesh will send over 30 field technicians and
experts to the Gambia to work with local experts, as part of a
quadripartite agreement signed between the two countries, funded
by the Islamic Development Bank and supported by FAO, the agency
The agreement is part of
FAO's South-South Cooperation Programme, a global
initiative which aims to strengthen cooperation among developing
countries at different stages of development to improve
agricultural productivity and ensure access to food for all.
Financed by the Islamic Development Bank,
Bangladesh will send 5 experts and 28 field technicians to the
Gambia over a two or three-year period.
They will work on small-scale rural projects to
improve water management and bolster the production of foods
such as cereals, fruit and vegetables, small animals and fish.
The project is one element in a broader
programme to improve the country's food security.
The South-South Cooperation Programme is
part of FAO's Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS)
designed to improve the food security of some of the
world's poorest countries by rapidly increasing food
production, improving people's access to food and reducing
their vulnerability to climatic events such as drought and
Today SPFS is operational in 74
countries and under preparation in a further 14.
Some 27 host countries have signed a South-South
agreement with a cooperating country and FAO.
The agreement was signed by Gambian government
representative Yusupha Alieu Kah, Shahidul Islam on behalf of
Bangladesh, Amadou Boubacar Cisse of the Islamic Development
Bank and Assistant Director-General Henri Carsalade for FAO.