Report on the additional results in the framework of the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative

Summary

The South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Agricultural Development and Enhanced Food Security (SSTC-ADFS) partnership initiative builds on the understanding that agriculture is a cross-cutting issue — one that has the power to create economic growth, mitigate the effects of climate change, increase food security and nutrition, empower women, and protect and renew the environment and that South-South and triangular cooperation can serve a tool to advance the development of the sector to support sustainable human development. The participating countries benefitted from the platform established by the partnership initiative to develop further bi- and multilateral collaborative frameworks to promote investment and innovations for attaining national and regional development priorities in the sector. These results go far beyond the outputs envisaged in the project document and add value to increased mutual understanding and development of professional, cultural and economic relations.

One of the main successes of the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative is a network established both at the level of the ministries of agriculture in the participating countries, and at the level of specialized research centres in various agricultural fields, agricultural producers and their associations. This initiative allowed to unveil the experiences and solutions of national research centres that can be applied to solve the problem of food security far beyond their home countries. The knowledge exchange and establishing direct contacts between key actors in agriculture, whether through workshops or expert exchange visits that served as entry points, resulted in more specific partnerships for addressing concrete needs in different fields of agriculture.

Each country has established a dialogue with other countries in line with their national priorities.  The SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative, besides deliverables and results envisaged in the project document and national Country Component plans, allowed producing indirect and intangible outputs for the benefit of the countries’ national priorities in agriculture.

Due to the participation in the partnership initiative, the countries pursued development of bilateral relations and multilateral cooperation, establishment of which is reflected in the following results:

i. 8 Memorandums of Understanding and Cooperation Agreements signed, including:

  • Cooperation agreement between the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre (NARIC) (Hungary) and the National Centre for Agronomic Research (INRA) (Morocco) signed in 2015;
  • Agreement on bilateral cooperation for the development of agricultural production and trade between Turkey and Sudan signed on 19 November 2015;
  • Agreement on bilateral cooperation in the field of agro-forestry and vegetable cultivation between NARIC (Hungary) and the Institution of Agricultural Research and Higher Education (IRESA) (Tunisia) signed on 11 March 2016;
  • Agreement on bilateral cooperation for freshwater fish breeding between NARIC (Hungary) and the National Centre for Research and Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CNRDPA) (Algeria) signed in May 2017;
  • Agreement between NARIC (Hungary) and INRA (Morocco) on plant breeding, water management, irrigation and fertilization, and biotechnologies with the purpose for cooperation within the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative signed in October 2017;
  • Cooperation agreement between Algeria and Hungary concerning the establishment of a joint agricultural business council signed in December 2017;
  • Cooperation agreement on forestry research on integrated forest fire management between the Forest Research Institute, NARIC (Hungary) and the National Institute of Forestry Research (INRF) (Algeria), signed in December 2017;
  • Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Sudan on the technical cooperation in agriculture aiming to encourage and promote scientific cooperation signed in 2017.
  • Besides the above mentioned agreements the following results were achieved:
  • Through the knowledge exchange workshops and the field visits to the agricultural institutions and the research centres in Algeria and Sudan, the Memorandum of Understanding on Agriculture Development Cooperation between the Government of Algeria and the Government of Sudan signed in 2003 has been reinforced to include the implementation of a number of activities during 2016;
  • Collaboration was proposed by the Minister of Agriculture and Forests of Sudan on cooperation with the Government of Turkey with the aim of establishing of eleven centres of excellence in Sudan to make transformation of farmers into agricultural producers through building their capacities and enabling them to manage effectively their production activities, training the farmers and their families on leadership skills.

ii. 3 Letters of Intent, including:

  • Letter of Intent between the Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture NAIK HAKI (Godollo, Hungary) and the Mediterranean Fisheries Research, Production and Training Institute (MEDFRI) (Antalya, Turkey);
  • Letter of Intent between MEDFRI and Szent Istvan University, Aquaculture Department (Godollo, Hungary) is subject for signing;
  • Letter of Intent between the Hun-Bas Invest Kft. company (Budapest, Hungary) and the Samarkandbaliksanoat LTD company (Samarkand, Uzbekistan) for establishing joint venture for introducing high quality seeds of common carp in order to establish a live genebank and to initiate a breeding program of common carp in Uzbekistan.

iii. 13 joint research and training programs and projects developed: 

  • Research programme on palm trees affected with fusariosis (Algeria and Hungary);
  • Programme on potato breeding from laboratory to field trials (Hungary and Morocco);
  • Forestry research programme on “Molecular and ecophysiological characterization of Cedrus atlantica” (Hungary and Morocco);
  • The proposal drafted on different topics for cooperation between NARIC, the Institution of Agricultural Research and Higher Education (IRESA), the National Agronomy Institute (INAT) and the Horticulture and Organic Regional Research Centre (CRRHAB);
  • Detailed plans for further collaboration between the V.N. Karazin National University (Kharkiv, Ukraine) and the Egirdir Fisheries Research Institute (Isparta, Turkey) were elaborated to address the issues related to taxonomic and biogeographic uncertainties, conduct phylogeographic analysis of the Turkish crayfish and medicinal leeches, conduct analysis of new and poorly known species of freshwater leeches;
  • Project proposal on non-soil cultivation (hydroponics) (Algeria-Turkey);
  • Projects proposal on rainwater harvesting (Algeria-Turkey);
  • Project proposal on analysis of the benefit of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria on faba bean and pepper plants under abiotic stresses (Hungary-Morocco);
  • Joint SNP investigation project on poultry breeding (Hungary-Turkey);
  • Training project on medicinal leeches "I Recognize and Conserve Before Extinct: Medicinal Leeches" (Turkey-Ukraine);
  • Joint breeding project on “Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) Breeding for Increased Growth in Cold Conditions Using a Molecular Marker Assisted Selection” (Hungary-Turkey);
  • The project application on vermicomposting has been completed and submitted to the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRİMA–MED) project calls (Italy, Greece, Turkey, Jordan and Tunisia);
  • Project on introducing the high quality seeds of common carp strains in Uzbekistan by the Hungarian Hun-Bas Invest Kft. company upon establishing the joint venture company and contracting between the Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture (NAIK HAKI) and the “Hun-Bas Invest Kft. company (Hungary and Uzbekistan).

Below is the by-country summary of the indirect or intangible outputs brought by the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative, including:

Algeria
Hungary
Kyrgyzstan
Morocco
Sudan
Tunisia
Turkey
Uzbekistan


Algeria

Building on the expertise of and priority areas pursued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries and its interest to strengthen the partnership and collaboration within the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative,  the Ministry together with the Algerian Institute for Agronomic Research (INRAA) effectively advances South-South and triangular cooperation for agricultural development, enhanced food and water security and reduction of rural poverty in the selected rural population. Thanks to the participation in the initiative, Algeria has developed bilateral cooperation with Hungary and Turkey.

The following documents establishing the framework for further cooperation has been developed and signed:

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With Hungary:

  1. Agreement on bilateral cooperation for freshwater fish breeding between the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre (NARIC) (Hungary) and the National Centre for Research and Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CNRDPA) (Algeria) was signed in May 2017;
  2. Cooperation agreement on the establishment of the Joint Economic Committee was signed in December 2017. Since the establishment of the Committee, relations between the two countries’ agricultural research institutes have improved significantly, and visits of the experts’ delegations have become regular. Both sides praise the success of cooperation in the field of agricultural innovation. In May 2017, several Algerian business delegations travelled to Hungary in order to establish business cooperation with the Hungarian partners, primarily in the food industry. During the session of the Joint Economic Committee, the negotiating partners agreed that forestry, cereal farming, freshwater aquaculture and vegetable seed production are fields of cooperation with most favourable prospects. The most important fields of cooperation pinpointed by the Joint Economic Committee were the trade, investments, industry, agriculture, fisheries, energy and IT and communications technology, as well as sport and tourism[1].
  3. Cooperation agreement on forestry research on integrated forest fire management between the Forest Research InstituteNARIC (Hungary) and the National Institute of Forestry Research (INRF) (Algeria) to provide a bilateral best practice and inform the integrated forest fire management elements and tools was signed in December 2017.

With Turkey: 

Experts from the Laboratory of control of technical characteristics of irrigation equipment of the National Institute of Irrigation, Soil and Drainage and expert from the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries have visited Turkey to exchange knowledge in the field of Agriculture Irrigation. This visit allowed the Algerian experts to elaborate proposals on joint research projects with experts from Turkey. The proposals were submitted to the national irrigation and drainage offices recommending to ensure more flexible and decentralized system for managing irrigation water users' associations taking into consideration Turkey's experience in this field as a successful model. Two project proposals were submitted to the management of the Irrigation and Drainage Soil Institute (on non-soil cultivation (hydroponics) and on rainwater harvesting).


Hungary

Hungary integrates the principles of sustainable development into the national policies and programs. Being the EU member State country, and contributing to the partnership initiative as the knowledge provider of agricultural biotechnology, the country benefits from the equal opportunities in terms of learning experience, good practices from other participating countries. Besides that, thanks to the participation in the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative, Hungary reached new cooperation agreements and collaborated on the development of the joint research programs and projects with the partner countries of the initiative. Thus, the following results were achieved:

 With Algeria:

Agreement on bilateral cooperation in freshwater fish breeding between the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre (NARIC) and National Centre for Research and Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CNRDPA), signed in May 2017;

  1. Сooperation agreement on the establishment of a joint economic committee, signed in December 2017;
  2. Cooperation agreement on forestry research on integrated forest fire management between Forest Research Institute, NARIC (Hungary) and the National Institute of Forestry Research (INRF), signed in December 2017;
  3. Research programme of palm trees affected with fusariosis, with financial contribution from the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade;
  4. Joint study in the field of breeding and growing of cereals, forestry in climate change. The Algerian counterpart is interested also in joint projects in the field of general animal and plant biotechnology, and bioinformatics.

With Morocco

  1. Cooperation agreement between the NARIC and the National Centre for Agronomic Research (INRA), signed in 2015.
  2. Agreement between NARIC and INRA on plant breeding, water management, irrigation and fertilization, and biotechnologies, signed in October 2017;
  3. Programme on potato breeding from laboratory to field trials started in July 2017 and ends in December 2018. The project is supported by the bilateral research programme (TéT_16_MA for the Hungarian partner). The aim of the programme is to professionally control the field trials of the Hungarian potato cultivars in Morocco and to analyse together at molecular level the potato samples derived from water-saving irrigation experiments performed in Morocco. The results of the joint experiments will be presented at an international scientific conference in Morocco and will represent a basis for further research on potato productivity.
  4. Project on analysis of the benefit of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria on faba bean and pepper plants under abiotic stresses is proposed for 2019-2020. The aim of this proposal is to establish scientific cooperation between the laboratories of the two countries to isolate and analyse the effects of PGPR strains on faba bean and pepper in arid and semi-arid climate conditions. The long term goal of this collaboration is to develop bacterial inoculum adopted to drought stresses and help to decrease the detrimental impact of these abiotic and biotic factors on crop yield.
  5. Forestry research programme “Molecular and ecophysiological characterization of Cedrus atlantica in Morocco and Hungary” has been designed and envisions cooperation with Morocco’s Centre de Recherche Forestière».

With Tunisia:

  1. Agreement on bilateral cooperation in the field of agro-forestry and vegetable cultivation between NARIC and the Institution of Agricultural Research and Higher Education (IRESA), signed in March 2016;
  2. Plans for collaboration in the field of horticultural biotechnology, breeding and growing of vegetables were developed in a view of potential financing opportunities of the expert exchange from the ERASMUS+ program, a funding scheme of the European Union to support activities in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport;
  3. During the visit of the Hungarian delegation to Tunisia in March 2018, supported by UNOSSC, the potential directions of cooperation in vegetable research have been discussed with the experts of IRESA, the National Agronomy Institute (INAT) and the Horticulture and Organic Regional Research Centre (CRRHAB). Then based on the consultations with the NARIC experts of plant physiology, protection and biotechnology, the draft proposal of the topics offered for cooperation between NARIC, IRESA, INAT and CRRHAB has been prepared and sent to the Tunisian colleagues.

With Sudan:

Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Sudan, signed in 2017 on technical cooperation in agriculture. The MOU aims to encourage and promote scientific cooperation in the area (among others) of crop production, seed production technology and horticulture production.

With Turkey

  1. Letter of Intent for future collaboration between the Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture NARIC HAKI (Godollo, Hungary) and the Mediterranean Fisheries Research, Production and Training Institute (MEDFRI) (Antalya, Turkey), signed in October 2017. Future collaboration will focus on the improvement of the genetic basis of common carp; monitoring of common carp restock in natural lakes of Turkey; development of the alternative feed ingredients for fish in Hungary and Turkey; and development of alternative freshwater fish production methods;
  2. Agreement is drafted and under discussion between Szent Istvan University, Aquaculture Department (Godollo, Hungary) and MEDFRI;
  3. As a result of the experts’ visit supported by the SSTC-ADFS (visit of the applied embryology and stem cell research group from the Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (ABC) of NARIC to Turkey in October 2017), the framework for a large-scale cooperation has been initiated and moved forward. The collaboration fields and implementation of the joint SNP investigation project have been discussed with experts of the Poultry Research Institute (Yenimahalle, Turkey) and the Livestock Central Research Institute (Ankara, Turkey).

Agreement was reached that ABC NAIK (Godollo, Hungary), Researches Centre for Farm Animal Gene Conservation HáGK (Godollo, Hungary), Poultry Research Institute (Yenimahalle, Turkey) and Livestock Central Research Institute (Ankara, Turkey) will participate in this collaboration, and the three-year joint SNP investigation project with total budget of EUR 200,000 has been developed.

The project will contribute in reducing the dependency on poultry import and increasing the local production markets. The project proposal has been submitted for the Bilateral Cooperation Call of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDIO) of Hungary (NRDIO). This joint project will allow research environments, facilities, knowledge, and expertise, in order to enhance the quality of their research and enable them to translate research and innovation into economic and social benefit.

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Photos: Discussion on the proposed SNP investigation project with the Poultry Research Institute and the Livestock Central Research Institute in Turkey

Joint project was agreed on “Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) Breeding for Increased Growth in Cold Conditions Using a Molecular Marker Assisted Selection”. It was developed on the basis of the cooperation established during the expert mission of Dr. Zsigmond Jeney (Hungary) to the Mediterranean Fisheries Research Production and Training Institute, Antalya, Turkey. The project aims to develop molecular markers from carp that show rapid growth in cold water/ region and to form a basis for further carp breeding programs by using classical breeding and molecular assisted methods. Three different local strains (Aygır Lake, Koçköprü Dam and AKSAM Kepez unit) will be used for crossing by artificial production. Eyed eggs of two foreign strains (Amur and Ropsha) will also be supplied from Hungary to include as a control group. Project's duration: 48 months with estimated budget of EUR150,000.

The proposal was submitted to the General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies (TAGEM) of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Turkey for financial support.

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Photo: Discussion about the common carp breeding program

With Uzbekistan:

Letter of Intent for establishing a joint venture for introducing high quality seeds of common carp in order to establish a live genebank and to initiate a breeding program of common carp in Uzbekistan, was signed between the Hungarian company Hun-Bas Invest Kft. and Uzbekistan’s Samarkandbaliksanoat company on 14 April 2018 in Tashkent.

Project on introducing the high quality seeds of common carp strains in Uzbekistan by the Hungarian company Hun-Bas Invest Kft. will be implemented upon establishing the joint venture company and identifying the contractual terms between the Hungarian company and the Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture (NAIK HAKI) (Hungary and Uzbekistan).

In case of early completion of the on-going preparatory work by the  Uzbek company,  the transfer of fertilized eggs can be done even this year. NAIK HAKI s ready to receive Uzbek colleagues for short-term in-service training already now, before sending fertilized eggs to Uzbekistan.

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Photo: Expert visit of Dr. Zsigmond Jeney to Uzbekistan


Kyrgyzstan

Sustainable and effective land use is essential for the food security and nutrition. Kyrgyzstan integrates natural resource management policies into agricultural development programs that traditionally have tended to promote food production through effective pasture use. The expertize acquired by the Kyrgyz practitioners and researchers in this field is in high demand in other developing countries. The SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative helped to promote the expertise in pasture reform in Kyrgyzstan through supporting the expert missions of the representatives of the "Kyrgyz jayity” National Pasture Users’ Association of Kyrgyzstan to Mongolia and India. As an added value of the visits the following new cooperation opportunities have been advanced and utilized:

With Mongolia:

  1. Agreement reached on organization of the Asian Land Forum in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The Forum, which took place in September 2017 joined participants from 15 countries, including Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan;
  2. Potential collaboration for learning the experience of Mongolia in digitization of soil maps with the introduction of all soil geographical, physical and chemical parameters has been agreed;
  3. Experience exchange visits agreed to be conducted with the National Federation of Pasture User Groups “Green Gold-Mongolia”;
  4. As follow-up actions the Working Groups meeting has been conducted and the three-year' Central Asia strategy for Rangelands Tenure Systems was identified (with participation of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstanand Mongolia). This visit accelerated the official membership of the Pasture Users Association in the International Land Cooperation (ILC) thanks to the followed recommendation of the host organization (Jasil, Mongolia), an active member of ILC and the leader of the regional cooperation in the pasture management planning initiatives.

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Photos: delegation of the "Kyrgyz jayity” National Pasture Users’ Association of Kyrgyzstan in Mongolia

With India:

Agreement reached to continue cooperation started in 2016 for exchange in findings of soil research within the framework of the International Land Coalition (ILC).

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Photos: delegation of the "Kyrgyz jayity” National Pasture Users’ Association of Kyrgyzstan in India

As a member of the International Land Coalition (ILC) since February 2018, the "Kyrgyz jayity” National Pasture Users’ Association took part in the ILC 2018 Award Competition. The experience on pastures reform in Kyrgyzstan, promoted through expert missions and shared through the SSTC-ADFS Solutions Mapping web-page agro.southsouth.org was awarded as distinctive and replicable good practice. The case study of the ‘’Kyrgyz jayity” National Pasture Users’ Association of Kyrgyzstan will be published in the ILC Database of Good Practices in English, French and Spanish and will be featured in the Fair of Ideas at the Global Land Forum to be held in Indonesia in September 2018.


Morocco 

The Kingdom of Morocco has manifested the South-South cooperation an important direction of its development that is reflected in the preamble of the Constitution promulgated in July 2011: "Consolidate relations of cooperation and solidarity with the peoples and countries of Africa, especially the sub-Saharan and Sahel countries". With this perspective and through the participation in the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative, the agricultural institutions in Morocco have reached the two agreements with Hungary in addition to the two proposals for potential cooperation that were presented to the decision-makers.

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  1. Cooperation agreement between the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre (NARIC) (Hungary) and the National Centre for Agronomic Research (INRA) (Morocco) was signed in 2015;
  2. Cooperation agreement between INRA and NARIC on plant breeding, water management, irrigation and fertilization, and biotechnologies with the purpose for cooperation within the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative was signed in October 2017;
  3. The expert exchange visit to Hungary on Drought and Water Scarcity Management System (DWIS) organized between the National Agronomic Research Institute of Morocco and the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary resulted in the proposal on the joint study on the drought and water scarcity management system (DWMS) based on analysis of the spatial and temporal variability of drought indices as an initial step. It is under negotiation that Hungary provides specific laboratory supplies to improve water retention in young trees for testing on olive in the Moroccan conditions.

 

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 Photo: South-South knowledge exchange and coordination workshop on Water Management in Morocco, 2016.


Sudan

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South-South cooperation has had the greatest impact in terms of support to the agricultural sector in the Sudan during the period of the economic embargo imposed on Sudan for twenty years. Sudan has committed to the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the alignment of the state plans and strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals. In mobilizing resources, Sudan relies heavily on South-South cooperation as a crucial means to implement the sustainable development agenda, including addressing the challenges related to rural poverty, climate change and management forests and fisheries. Participation of Sudan in the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative supported establishment of bi-lateral cooperation relations.

  1. Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests of Sudan and the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary in 2017 on technical cooperation in agriculture. The MOU aims to encourage and promote scientific cooperation in the areas (among others) of crop production, seed production technology and horticulture production. The cooperation will be implemented through exchange of scientific and technical information, experts’ exchanges, transfer technology in different formats, including seminars, trainings and workshops, and encouragement of joint ventures and private sector investments in agricultural development. According to this MOU, the expenses of the cooperation will be co-shared with the two countries.
  2. The collaboration was proposed by the Minister of Agriculture and Forests of Sudan on cooperation with the Government of Turkey aiming to establish eleven centres of excellence in Sudan. The objectives of these centres are to transform traditional farmers to agricultural producers through building their capacities and enabling them to manage effectively their production activities, training the farmers and their families on leadership skills.
  3. Through the knowledge exchange workshops and the field visits to the agricultural institutions and the research centres in Sudan and Algeria, the Memorandum of Understanding on Agriculture Development Cooperation between the Government of Sudan and the Government of Algeria signed in 2003 was activated to include the implementation of a number of activities during 2016.

Tunisia

Tunisia joined the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative aspiring to develop South-South cooperation and to establish bridges for cooperation with the participating countries on the basis of the mutual interest and for the benefit of citizens in the area of agricultural development and for improving the food security. Since joining to the initiative in the beginning of 2016, Tunisia participated in all the activities and regional workshops organized that pave a ground for bi- and multilateral partnerships and projects.  Among examples of additional results achieved with the country is a project proposal on preserving the breeds that what developed after the workshop in Algeria devoted to the livestock management. The proposal was presented to the Islamic Development Bank for the financial and technical support. The participation in the partnership initiative allowed also to strengthen the role of agricultural professional organizations in line with Tunisia's national priorities, as well as to establish a solid framework for cooperation with Hungary on the area of agriculture.

The main additional results achieved by Tunisia due to the participation in the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative are summarized below:

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  • Joint project with Algeria and Morocco was developed, as a result of matching needs and opportunities of the countries during the South-South Knowledge Exchange and Coordination Workshop on Livestock Development. The joint project, drafted by Tunisia, envisages cooperation of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia in investigating the potential use of native medicinal and aromatic plants in improving livestock health and quality end products in semi-arid and arid regions and in identifying a suitable matching degree between two genotypes the Barbarine and Bergui/Ouled Djellal, as well as the suitable matching degree with a genotype of the Hamra. The project is targeting women and youth who live in the target area.
  • The leaders of the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre (NARIC), Hungary and the Institution of Agricultural Research and Higher Education (IRESA), Tunisia, signed a cooperation agreement on 11 March 2016. The agreement intends to deepen the cooperation between researchers in the field of agro-forestry and vegetable cultivation. As the next step, on 2 October 2017, the Hungarian delegation met with the President of IRESA and the experts discussed collaboration on vegetable research and knowledge exchange between researchers of both countries. The Tunisian and Hungarian partners agreed in generating bilateral projects in the field of tomato and pepper (including spicy pepper) research.
  • The training delivered to the 27 heads of the farmers' organizations in Tunisia by the experts from Turkey and supported within the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative, was aimed at enhancing capacities in management of agricultural organizations and strengthening their performance. This South-South cooperation training is considered a training for trainers, as the participants are expected to further transfer the knowledge obtained to farmers in their localities.

Turkey

Turkey pays great attention to the development of agriculture science and considers it among the priorities of international cooperation in the sector of agriculture. Numerous expert exchange visits, participation of the experts in the SSTC-ADFFS workshops and follow-up trainings paved the ground for deeper cooperation in various fields with their peers for both to promote the national expertise and learn from other countries’ experience, and also to develop new knowledge in collaboration with experts from partner countries to address challenges of agricultural development and food security.

The results of intensive collaboration and networking that are considered as additional outputs of the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative include the following agreements and new initiatives:

With Algeria:

Joint projects were drafted to pursue collaboration on non-soil cultivation (hydroponics) and on rainwater harvesting, basing on the successful experience of Turkey.

With Hungary:

1. The three-year joint SNP investigation project on poultry breeding with total budget of EUR 200,000 was drafted as a result of the visit of the experts from Hungary to Turkey supported by the partnership initiative within the experts’ exchange scheme. Delegation of the experts in applied embryology and stem cell from the Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (ABC) of the National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre (NARIC), Hungary, visited Turkey in October 2017 and the relations were established for development of the large-scale cooperation. Thus, besides discussion of the joint SNP investigation project proposed by the Hungarians experts, the other fields of collaboration have been discussed with experts of the Poultry Research Institute (Yenimahalle, Turkey) and the Livestock Central Research Institute (Ankara, Turkey). 

It was agreed that ABC, NARIC, the Researches Centre for Farm Animal Gene Conservation HáGK (Godollo, Hungary), Poultry Research Institute (Yenimahalle, Turkey) and Livestock Central Research Institute (Ankara, Turkey) will participate in this collaboration. The outputs of the project will contribute to the reduction of the dependency on poultry import and to the increase of the local production in the markets.  The proposal was submitted to the Bilateral Cooperation Call of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NRDIO) of Hungary.

2. Letter of Intent for future collaboration between the Mediterranean Fisheries Research, Production and Training Institute (MEDFRI) (Antalya, Turkey) and the Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture (NARIC HAKI) (Godollo, Hungary) was signed and provides a framework for collaboration in:

  • Improvement of the genetic basis of common carp;
  • Monitoring of common carp restock in natural lakes of Turkey;
  • Development of the alternative feed ingredients for fish in Hungary and Turkey;
  • Development of alternative freshwater fish production methods.

3. Letter of Intent is expected to be signed between MEDFRI and the Aquaculture Department of Szent Istvan University, (Godollo, Hungary).

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Photos: Starting a cooperation between the Mediterranean Fisheries Research, Production and Training Institute (MEDFRI) (Antalya, Turkey) and the Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture (NARIC HAKI) (Godollo, Hungary)

4. The joint project on “Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) Breeding for Increased Growth in Cold Conditions Using a Molecular Marker Assisted Selection” has been developed thanks to the cooperation established during the expert mission of Dr. Zsigmond Jeney (Hungary) to MEDFRI. The project aims to develop molecular markers from carp that show rapid growth in cold water/region and to form a basis for further carp breeding programs by using classical breeding and molecular assisted methods. Three different local strains (Aygır Lake, Koçköprü Dam and AKSAM Kepez unit) will be used for crossing by artificial production. Eyed eggs of two foreign strains (Amur and Ropsha) will also be supplied from Hungary to include as a control group. Project's duration: 48 months with estimated budget of EUR150,000.

The project proposal was submitted to the General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies (TAGEM) of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Turkey for financial support.

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Photos: Knowledge sharing experts’ visit to Turkey

With other countries:

  1. Agreement reached to continue cooperation in the field of the fresh water fish and crayfish between the Fisheries Research Institute Egirdir (Isparta, Turkey), and the Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters, University of South Bohemia, as an additional result of a study visits to the Czech Republic (in September 2017 and November 2017).
  2. Detailed plans for further collaboration between the Eğirdir Fisheries Research Institute (Isparta, Turkey) and the V.N. Karazin National University (Kharkiv, Ukraine) have been discussed during the expert mission of Dr. Serge Utevsky in September 2017, formalizing the exchange of information and experience in the field of biological diversity, conservation and taxonomy that was established between the experts from Turkey and Ukraine. Future plans include joint research activities in addressing taxonomic and biogeographic uncertainties, in the phylogeographic analysis of the Turkish crayfish and medicinal leeches, analysis of new and poorly known species of freshwater leeches.

The Eğirdir Fisheries Research Institute applied for financial support to the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) to conduct a training on medicinal leeches "I Recognize and Conserve Before Extinct: Medicinal Leeches” to be delivered in collaboration with the experts from Ukraine.

After the study visit to Lithuania, the experts from the Field Crops Central Research Institute (Ankara, Turkey) have applied to the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area PRİMA -MED project calls. A consortium has been created, which includes Italy (project leader), Greece, Turkey (as a partner country), Jordan and Tunisia. Vermicomposting idea that have been offered from the Turkey's side was supported. The application on joint research project has been completed and submitted to the PRİMA-MED project calls.


Uzbekistan 

Agriculture development for improved food security and export growth is among the key strategic priorities in the country. Linked to the national priorities the activities within the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative supported knowledge sharing and dissemination and brought additional results in the form of new cooperation agreements and initiatives between participating countries.

With Hungary:

The training of trainers on "Support to Developing Capacities of Rural Women and Men in Uzbekistan to Diversify Their Incomes Through Knowledge and Skills” conducted for 42 participants from 6 regions of Uzbekistan with the support from the SSTC-ADFS partnership initiative (Tashkent, February 2018), besides improved capacities of the participants, allowed establishing cooperation between "Hunarmand" Association of Folk Artists and Craftsmen of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Association of Hungarian Folk Artists (AHFA/NESZ).

Four representatives of the "Hunarmand" Association, participated in the TOT have been invited to the Folk Arts Annual Exhibition in Hungary to be held in August 2018. Moreover, the meetings were conducted between experts from Hungary and the representatives of the Chamber of Commerce of Uzbekistan and the National Association of the Private Tour Operators in order to discuss potential opportunities for future cooperation.

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Photos: participants of the Training of Trainers "Support in developing capacities of rural women and men in Uzbekistan to diversify their incomes through knowledge and skills”, Uzbekistan.

Letter of Intent for establishing joint venture for introducing high quality seeds of common carp in order to establish a live genebank and to initiate a breeding program of common carp in Uzbekistan was signed between the Hungarian company Hun-Bas Invest Kft., and Uzbekistan’s Samarkandbaliksanoat company on 14 April 2018 in Tashkent.

Project on introducing the high quality seeds of common carp strains in Uzbekistan by Hun-Bas Invest Kft. will be implemented upon establishing the joint venture company and identifying contractual terms between the Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture (NARIC HAKI) and the Hungarian company.

In case of early completion of the on-going preparatory work in the Uzbek company, the transfer of fertilized eggs can be done even this year.

NARIC HAKI is ready to receive Uzbek colleagues for short-term in-service training already now, before sending fertilized eggs to Uzbekistan.            

 

[1] http://www.kormany.hu/en/ministry-of-foreign-affairs-and-trade/news/hungarian-algerian-relations-on-the-road-to-success

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