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First projects approved by the China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation Facility

Bangladesh - Microfinance for Marginal and Small Farmers Project - May 2011 ©IFAD/GMB Akash

By IFAD

January 30, 2019.- Eight projects have been approved under the first call for proposals under the China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation Facility for US$3.6 million. These projects cover a range of issues, from water conservation, rural youth innovations, rural business-to-business linkages to bamboo production.

Established in February 2018, this is the first Facility in IFAD dedicated to South-South and Triangular Cooperation. Its goal is to exchange expertise, knowledge and resources, and promote business-to-business links and investments across developing countries. Ultimately to enhance agricultural productivity, incomes, and livelihoods of poor people living in rural areas.

Read more about the selected projects...

Inclusive agriculture and agro-industrial value chain development as an enabler of poverty reduction in Bangladesh

This project responds to opportunities created through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with a specific focus in Bangladesh, where BRI investments include the construction of the Padma Bridge and the Dhaka-Jessore railway. Investments will link southwestern parts of the country to Dhaka and beyond, creating new opportunities for farmers in these districts to engage in markets, reduce poverty and achieve prosperity.

The project will promote the development of the livestock sector. Bangladesh is a low-income economy and the majority of poor rural households raise livestock. The livestock sector is not only a source of income and nutritious food for rural households, but it also generates employment, particularly for young men and women. The project aims to strengthen the dairy and beef value chains and introduce innovative business models to improve productivity of the dairy and meat sub-sectors, especially for smallholder farmers and agro-entrepreneurs in the targeted areas, as well as improve food security and nutrition nationally.

Rural Youth Innovation Award

This project proposal will create a platform for conceptualising, presenting and sharing information and knowledge. Focussing on youth-led innovative, market disruptive enterprises and highly effective solutions to challenges faced by smallholder farmer, it aims to encourage replication and creativity across the region.

It will create a contest mechanism, in collaboration with the private sector, academia and other partners, for financing the most innovative, implementable and scalable rural solutions. Follow-up and dissemination of the winning solutions across the region will be in collaboration with development project staff (including IFAD- funded projects), private partners and development institutions.

The grant will be administered by IFAD's SSTC and Knowledge Centre in Brazil, which promotes SSTC initiatives throughout the region.

Strengthening the Rural Solutions Portal and IFAD's IT tracking systems to increase the uptake of rural development solutions

The overall objective of this project is to strengthen the Rural Solutions Portal - the web portal that collects and makes available innovative rural development solutions - as well as IFAD's South-South and Triangular (SSTC) tracking systems, with a view to increasing the uptake of rural development solutions.

The project will promote sharing of innovative rural development solutions, such as by exchanging information and knowledge with similar web-based information platforms.

It will improve IFAD's capacity to undertake analysis of SSTC activities and facilitate timely reporting through the development of an SSTC database and dashboard.

The project will be managed by IFAD with the SSTC and Knowledge Centres in Beijing, Brasilia and Addis Ababa.

South-South Cooperation in Green Economy for agricultural development and enhanced food security

This project aims to address issues of climate change and the need for increased food production through the combination of advocacy and networking activities, promotion of green investments with a focus on young smallholder farmers, and provision of capacity development support in the green economy for agricultural development.

It is expected to target government focal points of 20 countries and up to 450 smallholder farmers. Led by United Nations Office of South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) the project will initially target eight countries and scale up to at least 20 countries.

Improving rural livelihoods through South-South Cooperation for bamboo product development

The main objective of this project proposal is to enhance the impact of the Inter-Africa Bamboo Smallholder Farmers Livelihood Development Programme by transferring solutions, knowledge, skills and technologies, both within Africa and from China, to target African countries. The goal is to improve the bamboo value chain environment by increasing awareness, facilitating knowledge, technology transfer, improving the policy framework and promoting investment.

It will target at least 30,000 poor smallholder farmers and community members, primarily women and youth engaged in degrading forests for agricultural land. The project also aims to enhance connectivity between bamboo technical experts from beneficiary countries for knowledge transfer and the development of high quality standards.

Voluntary Guideline Standards will boost a sustainable bamboo trade in and beyond the four beneficiary countries. Three study tours in China and two regional symposia in Africa will be carried out which will have a strong emphasis on fostering linkages with China's One Belt One Road Initiative.

South-South Cooperation for scaling up climate resilient value chain initiatives

The main objective of this project is to generate structured learning across countries based on a consistent approach to climate-resilient value chain (CRVC) analysis, with the engagement of smallholder farmer groups, processing units, and enterprises.

In particular, the project will facilitate the identification and development of CRVC initiatives among farmer groups, processing units, and enterprises in the context of IFAD-funded projects in Vietnam, China, Laos, and Cambodia. It will develop capacity and knowledge on climate-smart value chain best practices, replication and scaling up.

The project will identify and select CRVC best practices; strengthen awareness and capacities of institutions, project staff, smallholder farmers and agri-businesses, about CRVC techniques and technologies; and develop targeted knowledge products on technologies and practices.

Promoting water conservation and irrigation water use efficiency in Ethiopia

This proposal builds on the experiences from an existing project funded by IFAD which includes lessons on key innovations to improve prosperity, food security and nutrition in Ethiopia. It specifically addresses the challenges that the country is facing due to climate change: rising temperatures rising, more severe droughts and diminishing water sources.

This project aims to deepen the scope of Ethiopia-Kenya knowledge, skills and experience sharing in efficient irrigation water use technologies; effective approaches of irrigation and water user associations and other community based organizations; interaction and learning from poor rural farmers; learning from poor rural farmers who have been trained in sustainable rainwater harvesting; and awareness of policy and legislative regimes.

Strengthening business-to-business linkages and investment opportunities through IFAD’s SSTC and Knowledge Centres

This proposal aims to support activities of the SSTC and Knowledge Centres in Brazil, China and Ethiopia.

With this proposal, IFAD aims to identify and promote opportunities for middle income countries to finance development interventions in other middle and low-income countries. It aims to identify and link private sector companies across countries and facilitate knowledge exchanges and match-making opportunities to strengthen the capacity of private sector organizations in developing countries in their support to smallholder farmers.

The project will be managed by IFAD with the SSTC and Knowledge Centres.

China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation Facility

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