“The impact of the SSC is evident in the lives of farmers, communities and private sector firms that have taken advantage of the programme,” he enthused. He appealed for a closer cooperation among participating countries and development partners saying: “Because we now treat agriculture as a business, the SSC should be modified to South-South Agricultural Investment Cooperation.”
In 2003, Nigeria signed a Tripartite Project Agreement (TPA) in support of the NPFS.National Programme for Food Security (NPFS) under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, in conjunction with the People’s Republic of China and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
- The Nigeria-China SSC Programme, fis currently in its second phase of implementation.
- The first phase was implemented between 2003 and 2007, and involved the deployment of 496 Chinese experts and technicians across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
- Due to the impressive achievements recorded during the first phase, the Federal Government approved the continuation of the programme under a second phase for another five-year term.
- The South-South cooperation (SSC) in Nigeria is to assist the country to identify, design and implement SSC activities in water control and management, apiculture, horticulture, and vegetable production.
- Other areas of assistance include fisheries production, crop intensification, agro-processing, livestock production and fabrication of simple farm equipment and tools.
- They include food and nutrition security for improved livelihood; improved agricultural production and productivity.
- Others are, building capacity of all those involved in agricultural production and promoting partnership and cooperation between Nigeria and China.