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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 129.6 million is available for TCP projects during the 2014-15 biennium.
    TCP projects have a budget of up to USD 500 000 and a maximum duration of 24 months.

Success stories

Raymond Baptiste, head of Grenada's Ministry of Agriculture's Land Use Department, said the Government knew back in the seventies that it had a problem with land degradation because "there was visual evidence of it." But officials didn't know the nature, extent and severity...
A diet high in under-processed bitter cassava and low in protein can trigger Konzo, a crippling upper-motor neuron disease. The onset of Konzo is abrupt, and the damage − paralysis of the legs and, occasionally, slurred speech and impaired vision − is irreversible.
The more a country knows about its forests, the better it can manage and protect them for future generations. That means having accurate data on everything from forest coverage to soil fertility and tree health to natural habitats for flora and fauna. It...