The Traditional Programme is so called because it is the longest-running. At present, it includes 36 operational projects for the value of approximately USD 73 million.
The projects are executed under two different funding arrangements, multilateral and multibilateral:
- 21 multilateral projects financed directly through the voluntary annual contribution made available by the Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGCS) Ufficio II;
- 6 multibilateral projects forged from agreements between the DGCS regional offices and beneficiary countries; FAO is requested to implement, monitor and evaluate the initiatives;
- Other 9 projects implemented and managed by the Traditional Programme, are funded by other Italian Ministries.
A coordinated approach on programming priorities is guaranteed by the ongoing dialogue between FAO and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Furthermore, there has always been a constant collaboration with numerous Italian academic and scientific institutions. Many institutions are involved in the FAO/Government of Italy Cooperative Programme and to name only a few: the Overseas Agronomic Institute (Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare) in Florence; the Agronomic Institute for the Mediterranean (Istituto Agronomico per il Mediterraneo) in Bari; the Universities of Ancona, Turin, Viterbo, Padua and Milan.
The participation of these Italian Institutions gives the Programme additional prestige.
Other kinds of collaboration have been established between FAO and the Government of Italy, in addition to Italy’s assessed contribution to the Organization: the collaboration between FAO and the Italian Ministry of Health, Food Safety and National Boards for Health Protection, and the protocol of intent between FAO and the Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea.