The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), China and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have signed a two-year agreement worth almost $1.5 million aimed at increasing food and nutrition security in the conflict-ravaged African nation. The deal establishes a new South-South Cooperation (SSC) partnership which will make Chinese technical advice and expertise available to the country’s agriculture sector. It was developed via the FAO-China South-South Cooperation (SSC) Program, which was created in 2009 and an additional funding boost from China last year…Full Article: BlackSeaGrain Apr 2016

Key Point

  • As a result of the agreement, Kinshasa (capital city) and Lubumbashi (second largest city) will host five Chinese agricultural experts and eight technicians for two years. The focus will be on promoting rice, vegetable, and aquaculture production, as well as livestock breeding.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In June 2015, China’s Minister of Agriculture (Han Changfu) and the UN’s FAO signed a US$50 million agreement as part of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Trust Fund
  • 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.
  • In 2012, China funded an agricultural pilot program situated just outside of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.
  • 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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