Uganda contributes nearly $10 million to South-South Cooperation project with FAO and China
NNN: Uganda is contributing nearly $10 million to the latest phase of a South-South Cooperation project focused on agricultural and animal production with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Chinese government after the The first two phases will yield spectacular results, including a quadrupling of rice production per hectare.
In one of the most significant contributions of its kind from a beneficiary country under the initiative, the Government of Uganda is contributing $9,623,703 through a Unilateral Trust Fund (UTF). This is in addition to the $2,389,138 contributed by China to Phase III of the project through the FAO-China South-South Cooperation (SSC) Program Trust Fund.
Under an agreement signed in Kampala by FAO Representative Antonio Querido and Ugandan Minister of Finance Matia Kasaijia, Uganda’s UTF will be used to support the overall implementation of Phase III of the project. It will focus on four areas, namely: 1) establishment of an integrated technology transfer base; 2) development of high yield schemes for rice and foxtail millet; 3) support for livestock improvement programs; and 4) aquaculture value chain development.
“The Uganda Trust Fund’s contribution to Phase III of the SSC project marks a strong endorsement of the significant impact it has already had and a resounding vote of confidence in its potential to continue improving the lives and livelihoods of Ugandan farmers and those who depend on them,” Querido said.
The support will directly reach a minimum of 9,600 farmers, of which at least 30% will be women, in addition to providing training to 200 technical officers in Uganda and China.
China’s technical assistance to Uganda in Phases I and II has already produced significant results, addressing the East African country’s longstanding problems of low agricultural productivity.
In one project area, rice production per hectare quadrupled, while in other areas, milk production increased from 2 to 7 liters per cow per day. More than 3,000 Ugandan farmers and 80 government employees have been trained, while low-cost, high-quality fish feed techniques have increased aquaculture production.
Knowledge transfer at the heart of collaboration
Through the initial two phases of the FAO-China SSC Program, 47 Chinese experts and technicians were sent to Uganda over a two-year period, where they helped improve the technologies used to produce rice, foxtail millet, maize, grapes , apples and cherries. tomatoes, as well as animal reproduction including goats, pigs, sheep and in fishing. Projects also focused on mechanization, agricultural processing, and value addition.
Study tours to China for senior Ugandan agricultural officials and technicians have helped build capacity, and the Program has directly targeted women farmers, helping to increase incomes and improve employment, nutrition and livelihoods. thousands of farmers in Uganda.
Phases I and II were carried out under a cost-sharing agreement between the Governments of China and Uganda and FAO. The Chinese government provided financial and technical resources, while the Ugandan government provided in-kind contributions, including accommodation, transportation, medical services, and health insurance for Chinese personnel. FAO provided support and technical support, as well as supervision and monitoring of the project.
The FAO-China SSC Program was established in 2009 with a US$30 million contribution from China, followed by two additional commitments of US$50 million in 2014 and 2020, respectively. The Program has seen a total of 25 national, regional, interregional and global projects implemented to support agricultural development and food security, reaching more than 100,000 direct beneficiaries and several hundred thousand indirect beneficiaries at the grassroots level in rural areas. . Chinese experts stationed in the host countries have transferred practical and adaptable technologies by providing demand-driven demonstrations and training in collaboration with their local counterparts.
The role of FAO in South-South and Triangular Cooperation
The successful implementation of FAO’s South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) in many countries has contributed to increased food security, especially through improved agricultural productivity, diversification of food crops, fish production and small animals and rural income.
Over the past two decades, $435 million has been invested in SSTC projects and activities.
More information on FAO’s pioneering role in promoting SSTC is available here.
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