The Government of Turkey, represented by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MFAL) and FAO concluded a Host Country Agreement (HCA) in mid-2006. As annex to this Agreement, a Partnership Framework Agreement was set up.
FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme (FTPP) operates within this agreement with a trust fund contribution by the Government of Turkey of USD 10 million over an initial period of five years (2007 – 2011) at the benefit of the countries assisted by the FAO Sub-regional Office for Central Asia (based in Ankara and covering Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan).
The primary objective of the FTPP is to provide a substantive, financial and operational framework for active cooperation in the areas of food security and rural poverty reduction in the above beneficiary countries.
The main partners of the FTPP are the Government of Turkey, through MFAL and FAO. The Turkish International Cooperation Agency, the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Development (MoD) are also invited to contribute to FTPP-related activities.
The FTPP is demand-driven, as much as it responds to the priority problems identified by national and/or sub-regional stakeholders and is expressed in the form of official requests.
The Programme has five major objectives:
- To strengthen FAO’s strategic capacities in core areas of its mandate, for pursuing the priorities of food security and rural poverty reduction, as set out in the United Nations Millennium Declaration;
- To reinforce the involvement of MFAL in the upstream policy dialogue in the fields of mutual interest;
- To progress towards broader consensus on the fundamental objectives and strategies of development cooperation in relevant areas, allowing for an active endeavor by both parties to improve the coherence of their approaches;
- To facilitate complementarities of actions between both parties; and,
- To provide a substantive, financial and operational framework for active cooperation.
Substantive Scope of FTPP
FTPP is primarily defined by the six broad areas:
- Food Security;
- Agricultural and Rural Development;
- Natural Resources Management, including Forestry and Fisheries;
- Agricultural Policies;
- Food Safety;
- Animal and Plant Genetic Resources.
FTPP follows and pursues, to the extent possible, a programme approach, in order to facilitate the integrity, coherence and synergy of the FTPP-assisted interventions at individual programme/project level and/or at country level, under the following three thematic areas:
- Food security and food safety
- Natural resources management
- Institutional reform and national capacity enhancement
An operational framework for the implementation of the Partnership Framework Agreement (PFA) has been developed with a view of minimizing bureaucracy and maximizing efficiency and flexibility, establishing a Steering Committee to provide overall policy guidance and orientation; review and approval of funding, after initial technical review by FAO/SEC, of project outlines originated by countries and partners; overall supervision and monitoring of the FTPP management.