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MFASSC Releases Changsha Declaration

DATE:2018-11-07       SOURCE:MARA


On November 2, the Ministerial Forum on Global South-South Cooperation in Agriculture (MFASSC) was held in Changsha, Hunan Province. Under the theme of “2030 Sustainable Development Goals: New Opportunities for Global South-South Cooperation in Agriculture”, the forum was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). During the forum, the Changsha Declaration on Global South-South Cooperation in Agriculture was adopted, many consensuses have been reached and positive results have been achieved.


The forum summarized results of China-FAO South-South Cooperation in Agriculture, and recognized that China has been actively fulfilling its international obligations and making contributions to global agricultural development. Participants expressed that China-FAO South-South Cooperation is a paradigm for the global South-South Cooperation in Agriculture, which plays an important role in helping developing countries promote agricultural development and improving food security. At the same time, they unanimously agreed to enhance the synergy among the South-South Cooperation, Sustainable Development Goals as well as the Global Strategic Initiative, support strategic planning and major program of developing countries and strengthen the connectivity and partnership of South-South Cooperation in pursuit of promoting agricultural modernization in developing countries and ensuring that trade in agricultural products and investment will benefit people in developing countries.


It is reported that the Chinese government has donated respectively in 2008 and 2014 two phase of  trust funds to FAO , totaling $ 80 million, in order to support South-South Cooperation in Agriculture. At the same time, 1,059 agricultural experts and technicians, who made positive contributions to develop agriculture and improve food security in developing countries, have been dispatched to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean as well as the South Pacific Regions and this has benefited almost one million farmers in developing countries. Institutions and individuals that made special contributions to South-South Cooperation in Agriculture were awarded during the forum.


During the forum, FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China released the Joint Declaration on China’s Implementation of Rural Vitalization Strategy in Support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is the first formal document issued by  UN to support the rural vitalization strategy implemented by China.


Ministerial representatives from nearly 30 countries, persons in charge from 12 international organizations and representatives from 15 provinces in China, universities at home and abroad, scientific research institutes and agricultural enterprises attended the forum.

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