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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.


FAO plays a major role in facilitating South-South Cooperation (SSC). By strengthening countries’ capacities to lead their own development processes, South-South Cooperation supports member countries’ in meeting their priorities.

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