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South South Cooperation

Both South-South (SSC) and Triangular Cooperation (TrC) have proven effective in creating jobs, building infrastructure and promoting trade in countries across the global South. They seek to boost a broad framework for collaboration among developing countries and offer a complementary model to the traditional relationship between donors and recipients.

As South-South Cooperation plays a greater role than ever before in tackling food insecurity, global demand for Southern development solutions that have been tested and proven effective is at an all-time high.

FAO – building new partnerships for integrated rural development

Countries in the South offer a myriad of development that have proven cost-effective and have huge potential to be up-scaled for the benefit of others.

South-South Cooperation is a broad framework for collaboration among developing countries based on the concept of solidarity that breaks the traditional dichotomy between donors and recipients.

It is playing a greater role than ever before in the international development cooperation landscape and innovation in the South is generating new tools and partnerships for tackling issues of food insecurity, poverty and sustainable agriculture.

How SSC can be replicated in other countries to deliver change

Countries in the South have long been collaborating for development. FAO’s universal commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – remind us that new partnerships and the adoption of a modern approach is required if we are to deliver.

Recent developments in South-South Cooperation show we have lots to learn from countries like Brazil, China, Morocco and Nigeria – which are among FAO’s most outstanding South-South partners in food and agriculture.

Triangular partners such as Spain and Japan are also playing a role, providing complementary advantages and expertise to build more and more solutions.