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New partnerships for a world without hunger

Broadening partnerships and alliances is a keypart of FAO's work. The FAO Decentralized Cooperation Programme (DCP), formally launched in 2002, helps to create networks of local government institutions in developed and developing countries with the aim of combating hunger and malnutrition. Direct city-to-city or region-to-region collaboration is promoted with FAO acting as both a catalyst and a provider of external support and technical guidance.

Joint action between local authorities in rich and poor countries helps to promote widespread participation in development, including NGOs, private sector and research organizations, and to make better use of external resources.

The benefits of this decentralized and participatory process are the creation of initiatives and policies that truly respond to the needs of poor people and empower them to steer themselves out of poverty.

Local governments also play a critical role in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Increasingly, cities, regions and other local institutions in developed countries are reaching out to their counterparts in poorer countries to help tackle poverty and food insecurity. The potential of these partnerships is immense.

Participants of a project to improve rice production and water management discuss techniques as part of the cooperation between Montreuil in France and Yelimané in Mali. [more...]

Resources

press release Decentralized Cooperation Programme Brochure
press release FAO Director-General calls on mayors to promote decentralized cooperation for reducing hunger

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