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Countries Participating in the South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Agricultural Development and Food Security in the Arab States and Eurasia Establish a Platform for Collaboration at Policy Level

 

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Countries Participating The South-South and Triangular Cooperation For Agricultural Development and Food Security In the Arab States and Eurasia Establishes a Platform for  Collaboration at  Policy  Level

Dubai, UAE, 30 October 2016 – The High-Level Ministerial Meeting on South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Agricultural Development and Enhanced Food Security in the Arab States and Eurasia resulted in  establishing  a  platform  for  collaboration  at  policy  level.

The High-level Ministerial Meeting took place in Dubai as the pre-event of the Global South-South Development EXPO 2016 that was hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates through its Zayed International Foundation for the Environment.

The High-level Ministerial Meeting was organized in the framework of the partnership initiative on South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Agricultural Development and Enhanced Food Security (SSTC-ADFS) jointly supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).

“South-South cooperation (SSC) has gained a new centrality with respect to the 2030 Agenda. We have a new global commitment that requires a broad global partnership to achieve. We have to keep North-South cooperation, but we have to also expand SSC.” said Mr. Jorge Chediek, Envoy of the Secretary‐General on South-South Cooperation and Director of the UNOSSC, “SSC in agriculture is extremely important. Countries of the South, of these regions, have developed their own specific responses to their challenges. There is a lot to be shared.”

“SSC in agriculture is particularly important to food security. The solution forums at this Expo in the coming days will focus on climate change mitigation, especially as we move toward COP22 in Marrakesh next week.” said Dr. Meshgan Al Awar, Secretary General of Zayed International Foundation for the Environment. “We are here as leaders of the United Arab Emirates at this first great event after the adoption of the SDGs and Agenda 2030 to address these issues.”

“South-South and triangular cooperation is a vast theme, we have to structure it to create concrete solutions that people can take home.” said Abdelkarim Sma, Regional Economist from the Division of Near East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia of IFAD. “By bringing together policy makers we will reinforce commitment and learn each other’s priorities. IFAD remains committed to SSC and it is becoming a central part of our work.”

The meeting served as a platform for the senior officials representing the ministries of agriculture of the countries participating within the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative to express their visions as to the best ways for this initiative to continue to support their respective national priorities in agricultural development and food security through South-South and Triangular Cooperation.

The participants of the meeting discussed practical ways of promoting successful home-grown solutions and national expertise of the participating countries in the thematic areas supported by the initiative including management of farmer-based organizations, effective water resources management, agricultural biotechnology, livestock and horticulture development, and others.

During the  meeting, representatives of the  ministries  of  agriculture  of  Algeria,  Hungary,  Kyrgyzstan,  Morocco,  Sudan,  Tunisia,  Turkey,  and  Uzbekistan  expressed  their  visions  on  the  best  ways  for  the  cooperation  towards  achieving  common  goals. 

In their joint Statement the participants stated their commitment to further promote SSC between their respective line ministries that would serve as a policy recommendation framework. The participants also agreed the framework of the SSTC-AFDS partnership initiative should continue to be provided on a demand-driven basis, and be responsive to actual national-level priorities of participating countries. The representatives stated also that they consider gender equality as one of the core driving principles.

In order to fully harness the practical benefits of SSC, each participating country will aim to implement a set of practical activities within the initiative through the SSC Country Component with the financial support coming from the SSTC-ADFS initiative, national budgets, and other relevant sources.

Practical activities by participating ministries for the period of year 2017 will include:

  • Documenting through the solutions portal agro.southsouthworld.org or through publications - at least 10 homegrown innovative, low-cost solutions in the field of agricultural development and food security.
  • Mapping the National Centers of Excellence that possess the expertise in agricultural development and food security, and demonstrate the willingness for sharing their knowledge and experience with others countries.
  • Formulating SSC Country Components for practical activities aiming at matching the capacities needed with the capacities available, in the field of agricultural development and food security, including the financing plan of those activities.
  • Taking stock of all the financial resources available from various national sources.
  • Institutionalizing, on the basis of cooperation between the ministry focal points on SSTC-ADFS partnership.

Prior to the High Level Ministerial Meeting that has been held in Dubai, first workshops within the same initiative have been held in Turkey, on Farmer Based Organizations, and then in Hungary, on Agricultural Biotechnology, in 2015, and in Algeria on Livestock Development in early 2016. The fourth and the last “knowledge corridor” (theme) of the SSTC-ADFS initiative was the Sustainable Use of Water Resources, that has been examined in Morocco earlier this year.

The next High-level Ministerial Meeting will be convened at the end of year 2017 to take stock of the progress made and to identify next steps on the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative.

Report on the High-level Ministerial Meeting, Dubai, UAE, 30 October 2016.

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ABOUT UNOSSC: The UNOSSC works to facilitate the exchange of resources, technology and knowledge between developing countries.

ABOUT IFAD: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. IFAD is dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. For more than 30 years IFAD has worked to eradicate rural poverty in developing countries around the world.

ABOUT IsDB GROUP: The Islamic Development Bank is an international financial institution headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The purpose of the Bank is to foster the economic development and social progress of member countries and Muslim communities individually as well as jointly in accordance with the principles of Shariah. The present membership of the Bank is 56 countries, with four regional offices and field representatives in twelve member countries. The functions of the Bank are to participate in equity capital and provide loans for productive projects and enterprises besides providing financial assistance to member countries in other forms for economic and social development.

ABOUT THE ZAYED INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: Founded in 1999 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment recognizes and promotes major pioneering contributions in the field of environment and sustainable development.

ABOUT SSC: South-South Cooperation is a process whereby two or more developing countries pursue their individual and/or shared national capacity development objectives through exchanges of knowledge, skills, resources and technical know-how, and through regional and interregional collective actions, including partnerships involving Governments, regional organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector, for their individual and/or mutual benefit within and across regions. SSC is not a substitute for, but rather a complement to, North-South cooperation.

ABOUT TrC: In general, triangular cooperation is understood as a partnership arrangement between a developing country, an emerging provider of development cooperation and an established donor. The emerging provider works together with a traditional donor, an international organization or a civil society organization (or a combination of them) on a development activity in one or more beneficiary countries, jointly organizing funding and the transfer of know-how.

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