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The second report on the effectiveness of Swiss development cooperation shows with concrete examples the impact of the CHF 1.189 billion invested between 2003 and 2008 on recipient countries in Africa, Asia, Southeast Europe and Latin America. A total of 27 projects, programmes and other SDC and SECO contributions were evaluated by external experts for the report, which shows that the money spent in the agricultural sector was well invested and that Switzerland is appreciated around the world as a knowledgeable and reliable partner.
Unlike many other donor countries, Switzerland has not reduced but in fact increased its activities in the agricultural sector over the past 20 years. Switzerland’s commitment to reducing poverty, improving food security and promoting sustainable economic growth has made a tangible contribution to overcoming the food crises in recent years. The report also stresses the complementary nature of bilateral and multilateral funding, as well as of direct involvement with producers and the indirect influence of trade policy framework conditions. It suggests that improvements could be made in Swiss development cooperation through the inclusion of women in various programmes and projects and efforts to achieve a coherent policy on trade in agricultural products.
Isolated measures alone cannot ensure a sustainable impact – rather a skilful combination of different instruments adapted to the specific context. At a time of climate warming, scarcity of natural resources and a world population that continues to grow, Switzerland’s commitment to agriculture and food security remains a central pillar of worldwide efforts to combat hunger and poverty.
The 2010 report on the effectiveness of Swiss development cooperation in the agricultural sector was published by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). It is available in English, German and French, and can be downloaded from the internet at the following addresses: www.deza.admin.ch/publikationen and www.seco-cooperation.admin.ch/shop.
For additional information:
Stefan von Below, FDFA, Media spokesperson, Tel. +41 31 322 34 73, firstname.lastname@example.org
Violette Ruppanner, Communications Officer, SECO Economic Cooperation and Development, Tel. +41 31 324 09 10, Violette.Ruppanner@seco.admin.ch
Catherine Cudré-Mauroux, Evaluation Officer, SECO Economic Cooperation and Development, Tel. +41 31 324 09 10, Catherine.Cudre-Mauroux@seco.admin.ch