FAO and companions push ahead with elevated South-South cooperation in Asia and the Pacific as momentum builds for sustainable agrifood programs transformation

12/09/2022 Bangkok

Momentum is rising for elevated South-South cooperation to fulfill and overcome the challenges of poverty and food insecurity within the Asia-Pacific area, specialists from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) stated right here today on the sidelines of a three-day multi companion EXPO on South-South and Triangular Cooperation.

In collaboration with FAO and different United Nations companies and companions, the eleventh annual Global South-South Development Expo (GSSD Expo) 2022 is happening from 12 to 14 September, co-hosted by the Government of Thailand and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to showcase evidence-based profitable growth options and initiatives.

FAO is co-leading two thematic resolution boards through the occasion. FAO and two different Rome-based Agencies, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP) are collectively organizing a Thematic Solution Forum on ”unlocking the potential of National Home-Grown School Meals Programme (HGSF) to remodel native food programs” and to assist COVID-19 pandemic restoration by South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC).

School meal programmes: a South-South success story  

Home-Grown School Feeding in Asia and the Pacific is seen as an efficient means to achieve the extra weak individuals residing in starvation and affords a strategic pathway in direction of food programs transformation. The programme can strengthen native worth chains for the worldwide food disaster response and generate long-term multi-sectoral advantages in training, well being and livelihoods for kids and communities.

Yet, whereas many international locations have achieved important progress in implementintg the varsity meals programme, quite a lot of them nonetheless face challenges, one specifically is connecting smallholder farmers to the programmes.

“The agrifood sector – and its smallholder farmers, fishers and herders – remains a key source of food, income and employment, for millions of people in Asia and the Pacific. But we need to transform our agrifood systems in order to ensure food and livelihood security and a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and the other challenges that face us all in the Global South,” stated Anping Ye, Director of FAO’s South-South and Triangular Cooperation Division. “For this reason, FAO recognizes the importance of engaging with the private sector and other non-state actors, to promote the spread and uptake of new technologies and innovations in the global south and to strengthen market-related measures, including policies, to support these efforts.”

Conservation Agriculture – a signature FAO system

During the EXPO, FAO and the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) will set up a discussion board ‘to promote knowledge sharing on Conservation Agriculture (CA) policies, practices and solutions amongst partners’, on 13 September. CA is well-known as a profitable farming system for crop intensification whereas preserving and enhancing the useful resource base and the setting. However, the insufficient availability of applicable equipment and tools is one the vital constraints for selling CA. Concentrated efforts have to be made to strengthen these programs and to boost their resilience and capability to turn into extra self-reliant in the long run.

South-South Cooperation key to upscaling and sharing experience to fulfill the 2030 Agenda

FAO together with multilateral growth companions focuses on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) as a complementary modality to bridge the technological hole in assist of sustainable growth and eradication of poverty and starvation on the earth, together with the Asia- Pacific area. FAO has been selling SSCT in its latest Plan of Action for 2022-25.

The GSSD Expo will allow dialogue between governments, growth companies, worldwide organizations, regional entities, and different key stakeholders to construct partnerships and scale-up options to strengthen sustainable agrifood programs transformation throughout the Global South.

SSTC can play a pivotal position in accelerating progress in direction of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This cooperation between and amongst international locations of the Global South can act as a key supply modality to catalyze agricultural growth, food and diet safety, rural growth, and poverty discount for the attainment of FAO’s 4 betters- Better Production, Better Nutrition, Better Environment and Better Life – leaving nobody behind.