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South-South Cooperation is the mutual sharing and exchange of development solutions - knowledge, experiences and good practices, policies, technology and resources - between and among countries in the Global South.


South-South Cooperation is widely accepted as a complementary model of development to North-South cooperation. It helps developing countries benefit from innovations, lessons learned and good practices, tried and tested elsewhere in the south.

The exchange of development solutions happen through direct interaction between experts  and the farmers who will use the new technologies and knowledge. SSC allows for a true exchange between equal partners.

FAO’s global South-South Cooperation efforts focus on: 

  • Facilitating the exchange and uptake of development solutions
    • Deploy experts in the long- and short-term, enable educational and technology exchanges
    • Develop and facilitate demand-driven and responsive SSC at country and regional level, building national and institutional capacities
  • Promoting platforms for knowledge networking
    • Identify, promote and strengthen existing SSC knowledge platforms
    • Develop and maintain regional rosters of experts, institutions and good practices
  • Mobilizing policy support for SSC
    • Enhance policy advice and support to member countries
    • Facilitate SSC policy dialogue and exchange among policy-makers
  • Fostering an enabling environment for effective SSC
    • Broaden partnerships and strategic alliances
    • Mobilize adequate and sustainable resources