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Technical Cooperation Programme

Background

The purpose of the Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) is to make FAO’s technical knowledge available to support the development efforts of member countries and their regional organizations, and to provide emergency assistance following disasters that affect rural livelihoods. The TCP addresses FAO Members' priority needs at global (sub)regional and country level for technical assistance in all areas pertaining to FAO’s mandate , in line with FAO’s Strategic Framework, regional priorities/Regional Initiatives and Country Programming Frameworks (CPF) agreed to with governments.

Access the TCP

All FAO member countries have access to TCP assistance, with special attention given to those countries most in need, especially Low-Income Food-Deficit Countries (LIFDCs), Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Land-Locked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). High-income economy countries can access TCP development assistance on a full cost-recovery basis, except in the case of emergency assistance, which is provided on a full grant basis.

TCP projects

TCP projects produce tangible and immediate results in a cost-effective manner. In particular, these projects: a) are aligned to national priorities defined in the CPF; b) address a critical gap; c) ensure sustainable impacts; d) build upon government commitment; and e) are gender sensitive.

At subregional, regional and interregional levels, TCP assistance is aligned to the Strategic Framework, regional priorities and/or initiatives as expressed in Regional Conferences, regional technical commissions and other relevant political processes and agreements.

TCP as a strategic instrument

Member countries have acknowledged that the TCP is a major instrument of the Organization for achieving concrete results that address their priority needs. They supported measures to improve TCP alignment to the Strategic Framework, promote the strategic use of TCP resources and bottom-up alignment to national priorities through the CPFs and further empower decentralized offices in their management of the TCP. The revised TCP Manual, published in early 2015, reflects the changes made for a more efficient and focussed TCP programme.