The Government of Turkey, represented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) and FAO concluded, in mid-2006, an Agreement whereby setting up an FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme (FTPP) with an annual trust fund contribution by the Government of Turkey of USD 2 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, as described in the Partnership Framework Agreement (PFA), 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 MARA, and FAO.
The Turkish International Cooperation Agency (TIKA), the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the State Planning Office (SPO) also 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.
National ownership of FTPP-funded programmes and projects approved and implemented in each beneficiary country is ensured by concerned governments driving the process of integration of the FTPP support within national development strategies and programmes. For this purpose each participating country nominates an FTPP National Focal Point.
FTPP is primarily defined by the six broad areas set forth in Article III of the FAO/Turkey Agreement (i.e.: Food Security; Agricultural and Rural Development; Natural Resources Management, including Forestry and Fisheries; Agricultural Policies; Food Safety; Animal and Plant Genetic Resources).
Approach & Thematic Area
The FTPP follows and pursues, to the possible extent, 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 and sub-regional levels, under the following three main thematic areas:
1) Food security and food safety
2) Natural resources management
3) Institutional reform and national capacity enhancement
The FTPP assists country-level and multi-country or sub-regional projects and programmes.
In order to reinforce its harmonizing role and the potential synergies with other ongoing and/or pipeline initiatives in the sub-region, at least 50% of the resources allocated each year by the FTPP are addressed to support and/or complement activities at multi-country and sub-regional level.
The governing body of the FTPP is a Steering Committee, usually meeting once a year and having as members MARA and FAO, and as observers TIKA, MoEF, SPO and MFA.