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CTA. 2003. Southern partners. Spore 103. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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With a great deal of political support behind the notion of South-South cooperation and the exchange of agricultural and related skills and knowledge between regions and countries, it is no wonder that there are many programmes to make this...
With a great deal of political support behind the notion of South-South cooperation and the exchange of agricultural and related skills and knowledge between regions and countries, it is no wonder that there are many programmes to make this happen. There are good opportunities to obtain funds for short-term exchange visits between people linked with farmers organisations and research programmes. Such visits often arise through networking between NGOs and publications such as Spore. The exchange can focus on technical knowledge, such as in a recent case involving Indian and Malian NGOs through the Delhi-based Development Alternatives the artisanal production of paper from agricultural wastes . Or it can be about the methodologies and management of extension communication, rural finance or the use of information and communication technologies. Show your innovation As in all good funding strategies, it is important to persuade a potential financial partner of the innovative nature of the exchange, as well as providing institutional guarantees. Locally based NGO donors or an official aid agency, usually located in or traceable through embassies, often welcome the opportunity to support South-South cooperation as opposed to the more usual investment in purely local initiatives. Longer-lasting exchanges, which involve the presence of a professional on an agricultural programme for 2 to 3 years, require more financial backing and logistical support. Here, the international agencies have a range of programmes through which more than 1,000 South-South technical exchanges take place each year. Officially, these are government-to-government programmes with external support. However, the international agencies are, as public bodies, always open to proposals from the private and civil society sector and to facilitating the involvement of government in arranging the exchange. The attitude of the FAO SPFS programme (see main article) is typical: 'The programme follows a bottom-up approach in which farmers are the most important decision-makers.' The door is open! People-to-people programmes As always, we encourage readers in both governmental and non-governmental bodies, at local or national level, to approach such programmes. The good ones are always looking for something different to support, and you could surprise yourselves with what can be done. The three principal agencies with active programmes affecting agriculture (including aspects of science and technology, and working conditions) are in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Labour Office (ILO). Try to seek out the country offices of these agencies or contact these specific programmes at their headquarters: UNDP: Special Unit, Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (SU/TCDC) 1 UN Plaza, FF 12th Floor, New York, NY 10017, USA Fax: +1 212 906 6429 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: tcdc.undp.org Note: This Website has the most comprehensive and balanced descriptions (blessedly free of institutional boasting) of agricultural South-South cooperation and specific technical project experience so far located by Spore. If you want a printed version, ask for the documents on Sharing innovative experiences . FAO: Special Programme for Food Security, SPFS Coordination and Monitoring Service (TCOS), Technical Cooperation Department of FAO Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy Fax: +39 06 5705 6892 Email: email@example.com Website: www.fao.org/fpsf ILO: Initiative for Innovation, Education and Training for Human Development and Decent Work, Universitas programme, Attn.: Philippe Vanhuynegem, Social Protection Specialist, International Labour Office 4, route des Morillons, CH-1211 Geneva 22, Switzerland Fax: +41 22 799 65 44 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.ilo.org/public/french/universitas/initia.htm