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Inspiration, Inclusion, Innovation: FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme marks its 10th year anniversary


23/10/2019 - 

2019 marks the Tenth Anniversary of the establishment of the FAO-China SSC Programme. FAO is organizing a 3-day event in Kampala, Uganda, from 25-27 November 2019, to commemorate this anniversary and celebrate its main achievements.

Officials and experts from all over the world will gather to discuss results, innovations, impacts and lessons learned from the first 10 years of the FAO-China SSC Programme and define a new vision/approach for the future.

The digitalization of agriculture and the proposal of agricultural solutions through digital platforms are two of the innovations that will be discussed at the event, during a series of interactive panel discussions, along with the need for strengthening partnerships through South-South and Triangular Cooperation, in order to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Programme’s experience in some countries shows that win-win scenarios are achievable, combining private and public sector investments, catalyzed by donor and FAO.

Digital apps, developed by FAO and its partners, for the benefit of smallholder farmers, will also be presented. 

The event will also be a great opportunity to present and discuss innovative ways to expand rural poor households’ access to formal financial services, such as savings, payments, insurance, and credit, as well as to leverage innovations in digital financial services, thus creating opportunities for the rural poor to increase their income and move out of poverty.

The revamped version of the South-South and Triangular Cooperation Gateway will be launched on 25 November 2019 in Uganda, in conjunction with the launch of the INSPIRATION, INCLUSION AND INNOVATION FAO–China South–South Cooperation Programme (2009–2019) report. 

The new Gateway will be an even more interactive platform. It will host webinars and regular updates on SSTC news from FAO and other partners.

Facts and Figures of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation programme

  • More than 70,000 direct beneficiaries at the grass-roots level in rural areas and several hundreds of thousands of indirect beneficiaries;
  • 1,000 trainees from over 100 countries attended over 40 capacity development events (study tours, high-level training courses, workshops, seminars, expert meetings, policy dialogues, symposiums and forums);
  • More than 290 Chinese experts and technicians deployed directly in 12 countries (ten in Africa and two in Asia), out of which more than 240 for assignments of two year duration at village level for hand-in-hand and face-to-face capacity development;
  • Chinese Trust Fund of USD 80 million has supported the Programme’s activities and leverage further SSC partnerships. 

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