Izmir – Menemen, Republic of Turkey 22-24 July, 2015
The upcoming South-South Knowledge Exchange and Coordination Workshop is 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) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and is organized in the implementation of agreements reached at the official launch of the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative on 18 November 2014 that took place in the framework of the Global South-South Development EXPO 2014 in Washington, DC.
The meeting will be an opportunity for the representatives of relevant line ministries and centers of excellence in Algeria, Hungary, Morocco, Turkey, and Uzbekistan as well as for other stakeholders to exchange information and views on the successful home-grown solutions in the area of management of farmer-based organizations as well as other areas covered by the SSTC-ADFS initiative including effective water resources management, agricultural biotechnology, and livestock development. It is expected that some of these replicable and scalable solutions would lay the basis for pilot transfers of solutions aimed to benefit concrete groups of youth and women in selected rural areas in the participating countries.
The meeting will also be an opportunity for the representatives of the government institutions in charge of coordination of South-South Cooperation/international technical cooperation to highlight their respective countries’ ongoing or planned priority activities and cooperation frameworks that could be considered to maximize country’s benefit from the SSTC-ADFS Partnership Initiative as well as to exchange views and practical recommendations towards establishing a broader systematic platform for cross-regional South-South knowledge exchange and transfers responsive to the national development priorities in their respective countries.
It is expected that as the outcome of the South-South Knowledge Exchange and Coordination Workshop in Izmir the participants will have a chance to:
The initiative on South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Agricultural Development and Enhanced Food Security intends to offer a holistic approach to further strengthening the positions from which the potential beneficiary countries address the South-South Cooperation agenda in pursuing their individual and shared development priorities in agricultural development.
It is expected that as a result of implementation of the initiative, sustainable model mechanisms will be put in place that would be closely integrated with the global Multilateral South-South Support Architecture (A/64/222) with a view of further enhancing the participating countries’ favorable environment for continued dynamic growth in their respective shares of intra- and interregional cooperation flows.
The activities of the initiative and the respective project will be organized around three key mutually-reinforcing components that are geared towards the achievement of the overall goal (please refer to Figure 1 below).
Overall, it is essential that the support in the framework of the proposed initiative is to be provided on a demand-driven basis. The initiative will therefore remain flexible in responding to the changing national-level priorities of participating countries with respect to advancing the South-South Cooperation in Agricultural Development while maintaining the overall initial focus.
Gender equality, while being a core development objective in its own right is also a smart way to achieve greater development impact. Greater gender equality can enhance productivity, improve development outcomes for the next generations, and make institutions more representative. The initiative will, therefore, consider gender equality as one of its core driving principles.
Subject to the consultations and agreements to be reached with respective national government counterparts the initiative intends to initially offer its serivces to four countries including Algeria, Morocco, Turkey and Uzbekistan. In addition, Hungary will participate as a solution-provider in the area of agricultural biotechnology.
The project’s main focus will be on furhter advancing the South-South Cooperation among the countries of the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia and beyond through identification, pilot-testing, and documentation of successful models and approaches that will be ready for replication within the regions. In doing so, by facilitating knowledge and technology exchange through South-South Cooperation, in the long term the work supported under this initiative will contribute to addressing the challenge of increasing food security in the participating counties as well as rural poverty reduction.
In facilitating South-South Knolwedge Exchanges and other forms of cooperation, and among other things, the initiative will work on supporting youth’s and women’s access to appropriate innovative solutions, self-organization skills, access to quality business and employment training, as well as access to minimum required production facilities. The initiative will pilot practical cross-regional transfer in knowledge/expertise in water preservation technologies, cultivation of water- efficient crops and livestock, improving self-organization and resilience of rural women and youth through agricultural cooperatives.
Thus, the initiative will be a combination of, on the one hand, a number of concrete pilot initiatives aimed at addressing a set of concrete groups of youth and women in several rural areas across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia, and, on the other hand, will build on these pilot initiatives to establish a broader systematic platform for cross-regional South-South knowledge exchange and transfers.