A SPECIAL report on South-South in Action, “China-Tanzania Cooperation through Agriculture and Poverty Reduction Partnerships,” was jointly unveiled Friday at the China International Fair for Trade in Services by China Agricultural University (CAU) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC). The report shares China’s development experience with the world and promotes the realization of sustainable development goals (SDGs) as a public good for the world.
At the release ceremony, Prof. Xu Xiuli, dean of CAU’s college of international development and global agriculture, introduced China’s “Small Technology, Big Harvest” (STBH) project, the China-Tanzania joint program of scaling up the maize labor intensification system in the Morogoro Region.
The project was jointly implemented by CAU and the Sokoine University of Agriculture of Tanzania, and shared “two major experiences” of China’s development with seven districts and 10 villages in the Morogoro Region.
The first experience is labor-intensive technologies adapting to local conditions; the second is pro-development public management experience demonstration.
The project expanded the rural community-based poverty reduction model to 1,000 households and 10,000 mu of farmland in Tanzania. Due to the tripling crop increase, the number of participating farmers from the initial nine households climbed to 1,432 households in 2020.
In a nod to its demonstration effect, the project has been listed as a China-UN SSC Project by Think Tanks on the 40th Anniversary of the Buenos Aires Plan Action (BAPA) signed by the United Nations as a starting point of SSC in 1978, and a Global Poverty Reduction Case of “Foreign Aid: Building Self-Reliant Capacity.”
It was also included in the Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable Development - Vol.3 at the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations, and was displayed in the “global contribution” section of the “Great Feat-China Poverty Alleviation Achievements Exhibition.”
During the pandemic, constant exchanges and cooperation were ensured in a new form of “SSC on the cloud” by using digital tools.
Supported by the Chinese Embassy in Tanzania, Morogoro local governments in January took the initiative to hold an online awarding ceremony for the top 10 extension worker competitions under the STBH project framework.