Wednesday, 6th June 2018 from 14.15 to 15.30, Sheikh Zayed Centre
A light lunch will be served starting at 13.30 until 14.00 outside Sheik Zayed Centre, to launch the photo exhibition that will be on display

End poverty and hunger and secure the right to food
Exchanging Knowledge through South South and Triangular Cooperation


About the event:

Ending rural poverty is critical for countries to meet the 2030 Agenda and in particular the first two goals, No poverty (SDG 1) and Zero hunger (SDG 2). Many countries have developed successful policies, programmes and strategies that are lifting people out of poverty and hunger and that serve as examples for others, especially those with similar socio-cultural and economic backgrounds. In this line, knowledge sharing through South-South and Triangular Cooperation is a very powerful tool as it facilitates the exchange of lessons learnt and best practices among countries of the global south to help them end poverty and hunger.

With this in mind, FAO is promoting the Knowledge Exchange Platforms on rural poverty reduction (KEPs), a tool to facilitate direct knowledge exchange among countries facing similar challenges, and foster collaboration to meet SDG 1 and SDG 2. The KEPs seek to improve countries’ capacities to design and implement solutions to reduce rural poverty and hunger, building on existing know-how available in other countries on sustainable and inclusive agricultural and rural transformations. They help countries share best practices and lessons learnt on aspects of food security and nutrition, social protection, access to resources and advisory services, decent rural employment (including for the youth), rural organizations and women’s empowerment.

Since the past biennium (2016-2017), the FAO Knowledge Exchange Platforms (KEPs) are active in China, Ghana, Kenya and Senegal, whose policies and strategies have seen some progress in lifting the population out of poverty and hunger.


The side-event aims to share successful experience on hunger and poverty eradication from the KEPs countries, including how multi-sectoral approaches and integrated policies can accelerate progress towards the achievement of these SDGs. It also seeks to engage member countries in a discussion on the strategies and policies needed as well as the challenges faced in achieving SDG 1 and SDG 2. Participants will also reflect on the role of South-South and Triangular Cooperation as a tool to assess, adapt and apply successful practices for poverty reduction at global scale. The event will include a photo exhibition outside the Shiekh Zayed Centre, with high-level participants from different Ministries, who will explain their champion programmes, strategies and/or initiatives promoted through the KEPs.

Moderator: Benjamin Davis, Leader of the Strategic Programme to Reduce rural poverty



Mr Daniel Gustafson, Deputy Director General (Programmes), FAO
HE Niu Dun, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to FAO
Mrs Ren Xiangqun, Deputy Director General of the Human Rights Affairs Bureau – Department of the State Council Information Office, China
HE Jan Tombinski, EU Permanent Representatives to FAO, WFP and IFAD

14:35 –

Interactive panel session


  • Hon. Ou Qingping, Vice Minister of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, China
  • Hon. Augustine Collins Ntim, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Ghana
  • Mr Jon Gachigi, Deputy Head of the National Social Protection Secretariat, Kenya
  • Mr Gora Thiam Beye, Economist, Head of Division Growth and poverty reduction, Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning, Senegal
  • HE Lydie Beassemda, Minister of Production, Irrigation and of Agriculture Equipment, Chad

15:15 – 15:25


15:25 – 15:30

Mario Arvelo Caamaño– Chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

Responsible office:

Strategic Programme to Reduce rural poverty
Strategic Programme to help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition


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