New FAO-Brazil project to support cotton farming in developing countriesListen /
A $20 million agreement signed on Wednesday by Brazil and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will bring Brazilian expertise in cotton production to other developing countries.
Cotton is fundamental to many developing nations' economies and thus occupies a strategic position in development and poverty-reduction initiatives of several governments, according to FAO.
Charles Appel reports.
The four year project will initially focus on Haiti and the MERCOSUR zone of South America, with a possible later extension into other developing countries in Latin America and Africa.
Participating countries will receive technical assistance and training in best practices in the cultivation and marketing of this crop.
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva described the agreement as an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of South-South cooperation as a vehicle for sustainable economic growth.
The UN agency points out that both the Millennium Development Goals and the 1996 World Food Summit call for greater use of such cooperation to help farmers gain a fair return for their work while protecting natural resources.
Charles Appel, United Nations