SUMMARY OF EXPERTS’ EXCHANGE VISITS supported within the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative as a part of the Country Components of the participating countries

Through the South-South knowledge exchange workshops organized within the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiatives, participating countries received an opportunity to highlight their proven successful solutions along the nine agricultural development corridors[1], and to match and express their demand  in the expertise of other countries to overcome specific problems. Considered as an effective tool for building capacities of the countries on the way of attaining national priorities in agriculture and food security, the number of experts’ exchange visits has gained support from the partnership initiative.

Each country has benefitted from the two-way knowledge exchange focused on particular areas of their interest linked to specifics of national priorities in the sector of agriculture. The benefits gained thanks to the expert exchange visits go well beyond just acquiring information, as they create common understanding, relationships for sharing experiences, commitments to new approaches, and a foundation for future networking. The visits allowed the experts and hosts to focus on a topic, learn deeply, share ideas, and assess the relevance of new approaches. Moreover, each experts’ visit was supported with the assumption and clear expectation that the knowledge gained will be used directly to address local problems faced by farmers and rural communities.

Out of total 34 experts’ visits with the participation of 89 experts, Water Management under Climate Change as well as Aquaculture Development were among the top demanded areas for learning and knowledge exchange, with 11 and 10 visits correspondingly. Six participating countries in the SSTC-ADFS were among the hosting countries (Algeria, Hungary, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, and Uzbekistan), with Hungary and Turkey as the leading providers of development solutions by the number of hosted visits. Turkey hosted 12 experts’ visits and Hungary hosted 5 expert visits, excluding visits of specialists from these countries who delivered trainings in other countries upon their request. Overall, the experts’ exchanges went even beyond the SSTC-ADFS participating countries. 

Figure 1: Thematic areas and topics of experts’ exchange visits by hosting country. 

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In total, 89 experts took part in the experts’ exchanges. While all experts’ visits allowed to a certain extent to collaborate in both ways – sharing and obtaining knowledge, the 65 experts were mostly focused on studying partners’ experiences, while 24 experts were delegated both to obtain and share knowledge, including through providing specialized trainings. As a result, the number of direct beneficiaries – participants of knowledge exchange events and training workshops – reached 394.  The experts started transfer the knowledge they gained to a wide range of experts and members of communities in their countries and work on developing practical solutions based on this knowledge for the benefit of small farmers, research centers, and Universities in the development process. The number of documented indirect beneficiaries – those, whom the direct beneficiaries transferred the obtained knowledge through dedicated follow-up workshops, seminars and trainings – reached 464 people representing members of communities, extension services providers, researchers and practitioners, members of farmer-based organizations and farmers.

Moreover, the participated experts supported mainstreaming of ideas of South-South cooperation at the decision-making level, through submitting reports and policy advice based on the results of their visits.

These experts received an opportunity to communicate and establish networks and to work together on developing common projects. They can seek advice from each other while the networking can facilitate the transfer of the updated information and enhance opportunities for the establishment of new areas of cooperation. Thanks to the expert visits, now every expert has a scientific reference in the host country through which he can communicate, collaborate and promote his/ her work. In addition, many stakeholders have indirectly benefited from these experiences such as small farmers, heads and members of agricultural institutions. The following table shows the visits conducted ranked by date:

Date

Country

Hosting country

Topic of the Visit

1- From the Arab States region

14-19 Aug. 2017

Algeria

Turkey

Agricultural Irrigation

22-24 Aug. 2017

Algeria

Uzbekistan

FAO Conference on Organic Agriculture in Central Asia

10-20 Sept. 2017

Sudan

Algeria

Mastering of technique of reproduction and enlargement of marine freshwater shrimp

26-30 Sept.2017

Morocco

Turkey

Natural systems of wastewater treatment

01-06 Oct. 2017

Sudan

Morocco

Management of Water Resources-PPP Irrigation Training

09-11 Oct. 2017

Morocco

Turkey

Solar energy using for agriculture irrigation (ex: mobile solar irrigation system)

09-12 Oct. 2017

Morocco

Hungary

Drought And Water Scarcity Management System (DWMS)

09-14 Oct. 2017

Sudan

Turkey

Building Capacities of the Small Agricultural Producers- cotton agricultural sales cooperative

22-27 Oct. 2017

Tunisia

Turkey

Training Held in Tunis on Capacity building by transferring knowledge and sharing information on professional agricultural organizations

22-28 Oct. 2017

Sudan

Tunisia

Water Harvesting

17-24 Mar. 2018

Tunisia

Brazil

Experts’ visit on water management

2. From Eastern Europe and Central Asia

21-25 August 2017

Hungary

Uzbekistan

FAO Conference on Organic Agriculture in Central Asia

2-5 October 2017

Hungary

Ankara, Turkey

Discussion on the proposed on SNP investigation project

2-7 October 2017

Hungary

Izmir, Turkey

Study- Visit to Turkey on the educational system for youth and women associations

18-23 March 2018

Hungary

Tunisia

Experts’ visits on vegetable breeding

5-8 August 2017

Kyrgyzstan

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Expert visit of pasture experts from Kyrgyzstan to Mongolia to provide training on best pasture use practices in framework of the Second Working Group Meeting of Asia Rangeland Initiative in Central Asia

6-10 November 2017

Kyrgyzstan

Becharaji, India

Expert visit of pasture experts from Kyrgyzstan to India to provide knowledge on best pasture use practices

6-11 November 2017

Kyrgyzstan

Menemen, Izmir, Turkey

Study-visit on Modern methods on determining the quality (fertility) of soil

17-28 July 2017

Turkey

Croatia

Monitoring of Water and Soil Salinity in Fruit Orchards

20-26 August 2017

Turkey

Godollo, Hungary

Selective breeding of Carp

3-9 Sep. 2017

Turkey

Czech Rep.

Crayfish Growing in Closed Circuit System (especially juvenile crayfish breeding critical period problems and feeding)

05-14 Sep. 2017

Turkey

Turkey, Isparta

Morphological and Molecular Identification Techniques in Leeches (expert from Kharkiv, Ukraine

26 Sep. -08 Oct. 2017

Turkey

Antalya, Turkey

Selective breeding of Carp (expert from Hungary)

3-6 Oct. 2017

Turkey

Hungary, Budapest,

Researches on drought and water management on state level

17 Oct. – 1 Nov. 2017

Turkey

Uzbekistan

Expert visit of the Turkish specialist in beekeeping to provide trainings requested by the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan

23-28 Oct. 2017

Turkey

Hungary, Godolo

Catfish reproduction-Harvesting (Silurus glanis)

31 Oct.-04 Nov. 2017

Turkey

Menemen. Turkey

Workshop on “Climate Friendly Agriculture and Innovative Methodologies”

05-11 Nov. 2017

Turkey

Prague, Czech Republic

Study-visit, Training on fresh water perch breeding (Sander lucioperca)

6 - 17 Nov. 2017

Turkey

Croatia

Biotoxin analysis in bivalve molluscs and identification of toxic phytoplanktons forming these toxins

12-25 Nov. 2017

Turkey

Hungary, Martonvásár

Modern Plant breeding aproaches: "Doubled Haploids and Marker Assisted Selection

17- 30 Nov. 2017

Turkey

Lithuania, Kaunas

Worm Guidelines-Compost -Biohumus production and use

8-14 Mar. 2018

Uzbekistan

Vietnam

Aquaculture Development

18-23 Mar. 2018

Uzbekistan

Hungary

Vegetable Breeding

9-15 Apr. 2018

Uzbekistan

Hungary

Aquaculture Development


The project team developed a visit report template to be completed by each participating expert. The reports submitted by the experts allowed to measure the success and the objectives achieved thanks to the visits. The reports have also been designed to provide a clear vision of how the knowledge obtained will be used to support national priorities as well as to serve for monitoring purposes.

[1] Farmer-based Organizations Management, supported by Turkey; Agricultural Biotechnology, supported by Hungary; Livestock Development, supported by Algeria; Sustainable Water Resources Management and Irrigation under Climate Change, supported by Morocco; Public Private Partnership, elaborated by Sudan; Horticulture Development, elaborated by Uzbekistan; Effective Pasture Use and Rural Tourism, elaborated by Kyrgyzstan; Sustainable Aquaculture lead by Tunisia).

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