“This historic agreement underlines the importance of the role which China has come to play in the global arena today,” said FAO Assistant Director-General José Maria Sumpsi, who signed the agreement with the Chinese Vice-Minister for Agriculture, Niu Dun.
China has been providing technical cooperation through FAO in Africa for many years and in 2005 China formalized a new Strategic Alliance with FAO for south-south cooperation, in which developing countries help each other through transfer of knowledge, personnel and technologies.
The Strategic Alliance is carried out under the umbrellas of FAO’s National and Regional Programmes for Food Security and envisages the provision of up to 3 000 Chinese experts and technicians to developing countries.
Five hundred experts and technicians from China were fielded to Nigeria between 2003 and 2007 and greatly contributed in the implementation of the National Programme for Food Security in the West African country.
Overall, since the inception of the south-south cooperation programme in FAO, over 700 Chinese experts have been fielded to all regions of the world, including the Caribbean and the Pacific.