China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation Facility (SSTCF)
South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) is an integral part of IFAD’s work and helps achieve sustainable and inclusive rural transformation by building trust, forging partnerships, sharing knowledge, leveraging resources and scaling up proven solutions.
Established in 2018 with a supplementary contribution of US$10 million from China, the China-IFAD SSTC Facility is IFAD’s first facility dedicated to SSTC. It aims to mobilize knowledge, technologies and resources from the Global South to accelerate rural poverty alleviation, enhance rural productivity and advance sustainable rural transformation.
Using a demand-driven approach, projects are developed, owned and executed by the recipient organizations, including government agencies, international organizations, NGOs and the private sectors, following IFAD’s policies, procedures and guidelines.
In line with IFAD’s SSTC Strategy, the China-IFAD SSTC Facility focuses on:
Addressing knowledge gaps and scaling up innovations;
Fostering partnerships and business opportunities along value chains;
Promoting dialogues among development stakeholders and building the capacity of SSTC partners and rural people.
Facility-funded projects cover a broad range of themes—including climate change, gender, nutrition and youth—and are targeted to smallholder farmers, farmers’ organizations, small agribusinesses.
As of early 2023, the Facility has supported projects in more than 30 countries, generating nearly 200 solutions and benefitting over 4,500 smallholder farmers with 40,000 indirect beneficiaries.
Temporary Professional Officer, South-South and Triangular Cooperation
Cage aquaculture is a greener, cheaper method of fish farming. Thanks to South-South and Triangular Cooperation, ProSCAWA is helping small-scale fishers get started with cage aquaculture and meet growing demand for fish.
IFAD believes in the tremendous innovative capacity of rural youth – and we take seriously our responsibility to support young people in their constant search for change and innovation. That’s why this year’s Rural Youth Innovation Award in Latin America and the Caribbean, a project financed by the China-IFAD SSTC Facility, focused on initiatives led by young people fighting the pandemic.
Alvaro Lario, President of IFAD met key officials and partners, including Vice Minister of Finance Wang Dongwei and Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Ma Youxiang, on a visit to China from 3-8 June to deepen the successful partnership between the People’s Republic of China and IFAD in securing decent lives and livelihoods for small-scale farmers.
The Annual Progress Report 2022 provides an overview of the Facility portfolio and highlights. Sixteen projects cover diverse regions and themes, including value chain development, climate-smart agriculture, rural financing, crisis response, gender equality, and more.
The Strengthening Agricultural Resilience through Learning and Innovation (STARLIT) project in Rwanda and Kenya used two digital tools to accomplish its goals of training smallholder farmers in good agricultural practices and of strengthening the capacity of saving and credit cooperative organizations (SACCO).