China and FAO signed on Sunday [7 June 2015] a 50-million-US-dollar agreement to support developing countries in building sustainable food systems and inclusive agricultural value chains, recognizing the growing importance of collaboration between Southern countries in the fight against extreme hunger and poverty. China’s new contribution to the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Trust Fund will support the exchange of Chinese agricultural experts with countries in the global South, particularly in low-income food-deficit areas of Central Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa and Latin America, over a period of five years…Full Article: Xinhua June 2015

Key Point

  • China’s Minister of Agriculture, Han Changfu, signed the US$50 million agreement.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In October 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced that his country will donate US$50 million UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) over the following five years.
  • In April 2013, it was confirmed that a South-South cooperation project between Mongolia and China was to progress to its second phase. The project is designed to strengthen Mongolia’s food safety, and boost its agriculture and livestock industry.
  • Established in 1978 (originally endorsed in 1974) by the United Nations, the South-South cooperation is designed to facilitate the exchange of resources and technological know-how between two or more developing countries (generally located in the “Global South”).

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