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International Seminar: The role of South-South Cooperation in Agricultural Development in Africa - opportunities and challenges

17 May 2012 - Auditório Carlyle Guerra de Macêdo, OPAS/OMS (WHO), Brasília, Brazil

Dilma Rousseff, Hu Jintao and Jacob ZumaThis seminar discussed current trends and emerging issues in Brazil-Africa co-operation, including:

  • co-operation policy and research in food security, inclusive green growth, agricultural growth and sustainable rural development
  • China's agricultural development footprint in Africa
  • other opportunities for international co-operation

This invite-only event brought together policymakers, researchers, civil society representatives and private entrepreneurs from Africa, Brazil, China and Europe. It was hosted by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth in Brasília, and co-organised with the Future Agricultures Consortium, the UK Department for International Development, with support from UN Women, Articulação Sul and Cirad.

This event is part of the Future Agricultures Consortium's work on China and Brazil in African Agriculture.

South-South Co-operation seminar findings

PIF2The findings of the seminar on South-South Co-operation in May 2012 are presented in an edition of Poverty in Focus, a regular publication of the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.

The edition, entitled The Role of South-South Cooperation in Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural Development: Focus on Africa was released in time for the Rio+20 conference. It was launched by Dr Lindiwe Sibanda (FANRPAN) at an IPC/TERI side event in Rio on 19 June.


Presentations from the Seminar

Below is a selection of slide presentations from the international seminar on South-South cooperation held in Brasilia on 17 May 2012.

The full programme and descriptions of each panel session are also available.

The presentations are embedded below. To view and download from Slideshare, click on each presentation's title.



Should traditional donors be interfering in South-South cooperation?

brazilfarmingsDaniel Bradley, DFID’s Climate and Development Adviser in Brazil, has written a blog post on our recent seminar on South-South cooperation in Brasilia.

"...So why was DFID supporting a workshop on the role of South-South cooperation? Isn’t South-South supposed to be about southern voices, without ‘traditional donors’ getting in the way?"

Read Daniel's full post on our blog.

Blogs from the South-South Co-operation seminar

Following our workshop on the role of South-South cooperation in Brasilia, several participants (Lidia Cabral, Daniel Bradley and Iara Costa Leite) have blogged on the issues raised at the event.

Some short extracts, with links to the full posts, are below.


Press release: South-South Co-operation seminar

ssc-pressBrasilia, 11 May 2012 – The capital of Brazil 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 in Brasilia representatives from African countries, Europe and China, as well as main partners and actors from the Brazilian Government, for a discussion around policy and practices of development cooperation in the agricultural field.


Final Programme

International Seminar: The role of South-South Cooperation in Agricultural Development in Africa - opportunities and challenges
17 May 2012
Brasília, Brazil

Full programme (PDF, 95kb)

Speaker biographies (PDF, 135kb)

9:00     Opening

Chair: Jorge Chediek, Interim Director, IPCIG, UNDP RC/RR
Speakers: Minister Marco Farani (ABC), Tom Owiyo (ACPC/UNECA), Dan Bradley (DFID) and Lídia Cabral (ODI/FAC)

9.45 Coffee break

10:15     Panel 1: Brazilian cooperation for development: a new paradigm for agricultural development in Africa?


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