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The aim of this publication is to highlight South-South Cooperation experiences and examples of home-grown innovative solutions in agricultural biotechnology from across the Arab States, Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). It discusses current sustainable policies and practices in agricultural biotechnology, which contribute or could contribute to the enhanced resilience of small-holder farmer communities in the countries participating in the partnership initiative on South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Agricultural Development and Enhanced Food Security (SSTC-ADFS).

The introduction includes methodology and provides a background on the role of the sector and South-South cooperation in poverty alleviation, agricultural development and food security.

Part 1 provides an overview and analysis of current sustainable policies and practices in agricultural biotechnology that contribute or could contribute to the enhanced food security in the countries participating in the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative, as well as in a broader context of the Global South. Agricultural biotechnology in the countries of SSTC-ADFS is discussed as well as the main actors (public, private, centres of excellence, communities) and the initiatives supported by IFAD, IsDB, FAO, ICARDA and others.

Part 2 gives an overview of key centres of excellence that provide innovative solutions in agricultural biotechnology. Part 3 introduces a structured, unified and concise description of five cost-efficient, ready-to-use, easy-to-adopt and replicate by smallholder farmers, and high-impact home-grown solutions in agricultural biotechnology with proven effect on the local and national community.

The report ends with conclusions and policy recommendations. 

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