FAO, China strengthen partnership for south-south cooperation

Mou hands absent84 fotoliaFAO and China have agreed to broaden the scope of their cooperation. (Image Source: absent84/fotolia)The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Chinese government have announced plans to intensify their partnership in south-south cooperation activities, FAO announced last week

The two have agreed to broaden the scope of their cooperation to further promote rural development worldwide.

A new MoU on the ‘Strategic Cooperation on Agriculture and Food Security’ is expected to pave the way for this. The MoU will facilitate Chinese assistance to other countries through China’s Belt and Road Initiative and further afield with other countries in Africa and Latin America.

FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva said, “This comprehensive partnership between China and FAO opens the door for closer collaboration to work together on transboundary diseases, agricultural value chain development, innovative science and technology to combat climate change, and further development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).”

Chinese minister of agriculture Han Changfu noted that the G20 Countries had just last week highlighted the importance of promoting ICT in agricultural applications, and he looked forward to the director-general’s leadership in this area.

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