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Technical Cooperation Programme

The Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) was created to enable FAO to make its know-how and technical expertise available to member countries upon request, drawing from its own resources. The TCP provides assistance in all areas pertaining to FAO’s mandate and competence that are covered by the Strategic Framework to respond to governments’ priority needs.

To date, through the TCP, projects have been funded for a total value of about USD 1.5 billion. These short-term, catalytic and sustainable projects are driven by the demands and priorities of member countries, addressing critical gaps in hunger and malnutrition eradication, sustainable production, rural poverty reduction more efficient and inclusive food chains and building resilience to crisis. TCP projects catalyse change, foster capacity development and assist countries in mobilizing resources, in line with the Country Programming Frameworks agreed to with governments.

Technical Cooperation Programme at a glance

  • TCP projects support development efforts or provide emergency and rehabilitation assistance in response to crises. Projects ensure sustainable impacts, address a critical gap, lead to a transfer of technical knowledge in the country and contribute to achieving FAO's Strategic Objectives.
  • TCP projects range from tackling shrimp disease in Vietnam and disposing of obsolete pesticides in Malawi to adapting to climate change in Peru and sustainably managing forest resources in the Kyrgyz Republic.
  • Approximately USD 132.9 million is available for TCP projects during the 2016-17 biennium.
    TCP projects have a budget of up to USD 500 000 and a maximum duration of 24 months.

Success stories

Angola loses at least one-quarter of the fish caught in inland waters each year – largely due to lack of refrigeration, out-dated processing techniques and difficulties in getting the catch to the marketplace. Some pilot assessments even put the figure as high as 40 percent. And...
Banking on Bamboo in Rwanda
28 September 2016
The Government of Rwanda has set its sights on increasing the country’s forest cover by 30 percent by 2020. And it’s looking to bamboo – a versatile, renewable resource with a growing global market – to play a part, while also improving rural income opportunities.  Rwanda...
Until recently, the capacity of Central African countries to prevent the spread of plant disease and pests from imported food and planting materials, such as seeds, stem cuttings and tubers, was weak. In fact, many countries had not updated their phytosanitary regulations in 50 or...