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Our Partners

COUNTRIES PROVIDING SOLUTIONS: Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, Cuba, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Turkey, Viet Nam...

MORE THAN 1 900 EXPERTS FIELDED

TRIANGULAR COOPERATION PARTNERS: African Development Bank, European Union, Islamic Development Bank, Japan, France, Monaco, Mexico, Netherlands, Oman, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom [DFID], Venezuela, West African Economic and Monetary Union, World Bank...

With more than 20 years of SSC facilitation, FAO has worked with close to 100 partners to support the mutual sharing and exchange of knowledge, good practices, policies and technology between and among countries in the global South. Our partners play various roles, whether it involves countries sending their experts abroad, countries hosting experts from abroad or third party countries providing financial and/or technical resources to facilitate SSC exchange. FAO’s SSC partners are key to the success of the programme. 

Learn more about examples of SSC exchanges:

Brazil - Brazil currently supports 27 projects, for an amount close to USD 100 million in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. More than half of these projects are in support of SSC and main areas of collaboration include school feeding nutrition, family farming, fisheries and aquaculture, agricultural research, civil society participation, institutional procurement and resilience building.  In particular, a school feeding project, which involved experience and knowledge sharing between Brazil and 13 countries in Latin America, focused on: securing quality food for students of public schools; promoting consumption of fresh and healthy food; and opening new markets with the possibility of higher incomes for family farmers while boosting local development. New school feeding projects, based on Brazil's experience, are now under way in five African countries.

China - As one of the first countries to engage in SSC with FAO, China has been fielding more than 1 000 experts and technicians in 25 countries for nearly two decades. Experts have been hosted by the Governments of the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Cook Islands, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Namibia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Niue, Samoa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Vanuatu.  In 2009, a USD 30 million FAO-China Trust Fund was established, allowing for the funding of knowledge and experience exchange between China and other countries in the global South. Chinese experts have shared knowledge in various technical areas, including aquaculture, crop production, irrigation, livestock breeding, agroforestry, pest control and poultry farming. Building on programme achievements, in 2014 China pledged a new USD 50 million contribution.

Morocco - in the past, 85 experts were fielded in three countries: Burkina Faso, Niger and Djibouti. Morocco will also provide  both financial support and technical assistance through a USD 1 million general agreement recently signed with FAO for the benefit of African countries. In this framework, tripartite agreements have been signed with Guinea and Mali.

Viet Nam - Since 1996, Viet Nam has been engaged with FAO’s SSC programme. In total, 392 Vietnamese experts and technicians have been fielded in Benin, Chad, Republic of Congo, Laos, Madagascar, Mali, Namibia and Senegal, focusing on aquaculture and rice production.