Countries from the Arab States region, Europe and Central Asia discussed cooperation on agricultural development and food security

South-South Knowledge Exchange and Coordination Meeting held in Izmir, Turkey

Representatives of technical cooperation agencies, ministries of agriculture and centers of excellence from Algeria, Hungary, Morocco, Turkey and Uzbekistan agreed to a number of joint actions and initiatives for transfer of successful homegrown solutions in agricultural development for enhanced food security. This came at the conclusion of a three-day Knowledge Exchange and Coordination meeting that was organized in Izmir. The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Livestock of the Republic of Turkey through its International Agricultural Research and Training Center. It was also supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) in the framework of the partnership initiative on South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Agricultural Development and Enhanced Food Security (SSTC-ADFS).


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The agreement reached at the official launch of the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative in November 2014 in Washington had foreseen the organization of such a meeting in Turkey in 2015.

Turkey shared its expertise in the management of farmer-based organizations during the meeting that also included site visits to three farmer-based organizations in Izmir. Other areas discussed in the meeting and covered by the SSTC-ADFS initiative include effective water resources management, agricultural biotechnology, and livestock development.

The meeting was also a networking opportunity for the representatives of the government institutions in charge of coordination of South-South Cooperation/international technical cooperation. They could exchange views and practical recommendations on establishing broader platforms for cross-regional South-South knowledge exchange in line with their respective national development priorities.

In the past twenty years, many developing countries have accumulated substantial development experience and acquired expertise, know-how and technology which brought about the vast potential of these to be shared with other countries in the South. In that sense, South-South Cooperation is becoming a primary source for this intra-regional and cross-regional development.

For more information, please contact:

• Safaa Habib, Advisor, SSC in Agricultural Development in the Arab States, Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS, UNOSSC , +201006077761

• Faik Uyanik, Communications Specialist, UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS, Istanbul +90 5304992548

• International Agricultural Research and Training Center of Turkey
Tel: +90 232 831 10 52 | e-mail: | Website

• Jessica Thomas for media inquiries, IFAD
Tel: +39 0654592215 E-mail:

• Abdelkarim Sma, Lead Regional Economist, Near East, North Africa and Europe Regional Division, IFAD
Tel: +39 0654592500 e-mail:

For more information on South-South Cooperation:

South-South and Triangular Cooperation: South-South Cooperation 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. South-South cooperation is not a substitute for, but rather a complement to, North-South cooperation. Triangular cooperation involves Southern-driven partnerships between two or more developing countries supported by a developed country(ies) or multilateral organization(s) to implement development cooperation programmes and projects. Evidence shows that in many instances, Southern providers of development cooperation require the financial and technical support, and expertise of multilateral and/or developed-country partners in the course of assisting other developing countries. Northern partners also benefit by being able to take advantage of increased institutional capacity in the South and to increase the impact of their aid disbursements by leveraging the resources of multiple Southern partners.

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