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International Seminar will discuss the Role of South-South Cooperation in Africa’s agricultural development

Brasilia, 11 May 2012 – The capital of Brasil will host a high-level event on agriculture and development: the International Seminar on The Role of South-South Cooperation in Agricultural Development in Africa. For the first time, the event will bring together inBrasilia representatives from African countries, Europe andChina, as well as main partners and actors from the Brazilian Government, to identify policy and research priorities based on the results of international cooperation in the agricultural field.

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The event will take place on the 17 and 18 of May at the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) auditorium in Brasilia, and will be opened by Minister Marco Farani, Director of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency at the Ministry of External Relations (ABC/MRE) and by Mr. Jorge Chediek, Interim Director, IPC-IG/United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Brazil. The Forum is being organized by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) together with the Future Agriculture Consortium (FAC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Articulação Sul, the International Cooperation Centre in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD), and UNWomen.

Among the participants of the Forum are representatives from African countries including researchers, civil society, government representatives and regional organisations;  specialists from the United Nations System, particularly Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP),  as well as authorities from various departments, offices and ministries of Brazil’s Federal Government and civil society and the private sector in Brazil.

Main themes

Among the main themes of this international discussion, we highlight the following:

  • Brazil as an actor in international cooperation for development: principles, policies and practices;
  • Agricultural development and inclusive growth inBrazil: what are the lessons forAfrica?
  • Agriculture, climate change and inclusive growth inAfrica: what are the perspectives for South-South cooperation?
  • The role ofBrazilandChinainAfrica: what are the similarities and differences in South-South exchage?


The main goal of the forum is to identify priorities to inform an action agenda for South-South cooperation for agricultural development inAfrica.  It will explore the challenges and opportunities in promoting inclusive and sustainable development, and consider how more recent cooperation actors likeBrazilcan play an enhanced role in pushing the agenda forward.

The event represents a unique space for debate on agricultural development, bringing perspectives from central governments, demands from civil society organizations, and experiences from local managers and international organizations as well as results from recent research and analysis from the United Nations.



The Role of South-South Cooperation in Agricultural Development in Africa

Venue: Auditório da Organização Mundial da Saúde (OPAS/OMS) – Setor de Embaixadas Norte (SEN), Brasília – DF

Date: 17 May

Forum Websites: IPC-IG and FAC

Press Information:

Francisco Filho, IPC-IG

E-mail: francisco.filho@ipc-undp.org Telephone: 61 2105 5036



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