The United Nations Rome-based Agencies commit to enhance their cooperation in the Global South to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030

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FAO, IFAD and WFP present a road map aiming at increasing their collaboration in support of South-South and Triangular Cooperation

28 November 2017 – Rome/Antalya. At the Global South-South Development Expo in Antalya (Turkey), the Rome-based Agencies (RBAs) presented today a joint roadmap which aims to strengthen the three agencies’ collective efforts to facilitate South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the context of achieving progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 2, zero hunger, by 2030.

“Considering our respective mandates, comparative advantages and distinctive strengths, all centered around the realm of food security and agriculture, we know we will be more effective if we work together in mainstreaming this cost-effective and innovative mechanism into the development cooperation agenda to achieve the SDGs,” said Dongxin Feng, FAO’s Deputy Director of the Division for Partnerships and South-South Cooperation.

Country-led and based on the notion of solidarity among equals, South-South and Triangular Cooperation helps to complement the traditional north-south cooperation mechanisms.

“It is a proven cost-effective delivery mechanism that attaches great importance to the in-kind contributions that can help bridge the gap in many cases for exchanges to happen, meaning that every country has something to offer,” said Ashwani Muthoo, IFAD’s Director, Global Engagement, Knowledge and Strategy Division.

Muthoo stressed IFAD’s commitment to support South-South and Triangular Cooperation, which has become one of the Fund’s preferred implementation modalities. “It will be one of IFAD’s key drivers for the future alongside the work with the private sector and youth employment,” he said.


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