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FAO’s work on South–South and Triangular Cooperation in sub-Saharan Africa

More than 40 years ago, the first UN Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries, in Buenos Aires, laid important groundwork for South–South Cooperation, setting in motion a movement of reciprocal self-reliance that emphasizes developing countries collectively assisting one another.

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Resources and Multimedia


Agribusiness as a sustainable tool to mitigate rural-urban migration of youth in Kenya-Ruth Story

A story on intercommunity coexistence in the Greater Karamoja Cluster

FAO Biometric Mobile Money Cash Transfer Modality in Somalia

Publications and Documents

The Digital Villages Initiative (DVI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a corporate programme aiming to combat hunger, poverty and inequality by fostering digital rural transformation. This is being carried out through the establishment of, or support to 1 000 smart rural villages supplied with the digital services needed for agrifood systems and rural transformation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The DVI supports the FAO Strategic Framework 2022–2031, which responds to key global challenges, including those engendered by COVID-19, “a global crisis, which highlighted the critical mandate of FAO to ensure functioning and sustainable agrifood systems that allow for sufficient production and consumption of food” (FAO, 2021).

This edition will primarily focus on the top priority for Africa’s development and the transformation of agrifood systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life, leaving no one behind. This will also eche the annual meeting of the new Regional Collaborative Platform with the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed and regional leaders of all UN agencies. This edition will also provide relevant information on the work we do in Africa with our partners to achieve this transformation. As always, our newsletter is tailored to mobile phones, and easily shareable so please feel free to forward it to your contacts.

The FAO in Africa: Highlights in 2023 report is an overview that showcases the pivotal strides made by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) towards agrifood systems transformation in Africa in 2023.Structured around the four betters as set out in the FAO Strategic Framework 2022–2031, the report delineates the concrete steps taken towards realizing a transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood systems for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life for all, firmly aligning with the objectives of the 2030 Agenda.

It is a testament to FAO's work in Africa, and effective collaborations with numerous partners across the continent.The publication, produced by the FAO Regional Office for Africa, not only reflects the tangible progress but also underscores the need for further, urgent action by all stakeholders invested in Africa’s future.