The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and China have succeeded, over the last three years, to boost cooperation on food security, poverty reduction and sustainable agriculture, stated Silva, director general of FAO.
(SOUNDBITE, Spanish) José Graziano da Silva, director-general of FAO
“We have had a cooperation program with China for many years, but it has grown greatly over the last three years. It is above all a South-South cooperation, focused on Africa as well as some other countries in Asia.”
The FAO has a wide range of development programs based on South-South Cooperation a mechanism which seeks to gather knowledge and resources to build up capacity among countries in the global South.
(SOUNDBITE, Spanish)Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general of FAO
“This cooperation is essentially a triangular collaboration where Chinese experts attend to needs which the FAO identifies in certain countries, especially in areas such as veterinary care, agronomy and fishing.”
China has established a South-South Cooperation Fund with around 30 million U.S. dollars. Furthermore, during the UN Sustainalble Development Summit, held in New York in Septemer 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping offered to contribute 2 billion U.S. dollars to fund South-South cooperation and help developing countries fulfill their post-2015 development agenda.