ISTANBUL, 10 May 2011 – Enhancing the role of small and medium-sized enterprises in the agribusiness global value chains was the topic of a meeting organized by UNIDO and the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) in Istanbul today.
Participants looked at the fundamental challenges faced by least developed countries (LDCs) and the role that effective agribusiness-based value chains can play in an overall poverty reduction strategy.
The event took place on the sidelines of the Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV).
It was moderated by UNIDO Director-General, Kandeh K. Yumkella, and attended by some 100 participants, including government officials, representatives of the donor community and international stakeholders, heads of UN agencies, representatives of regional commissions for Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Turkish Small and Medium Industry Development Organization.
Governor-General Frederick Ballantyne, the Head of State for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, also took part in the event.
The The event helped formulate concrete proposals and commitments to contribute to the shaping of the LDCs’ development agenda in the next decade.
UNIDO and TIKA agreed to develop technical cooperation projects in support of LDCs in the areas of agro-industrial development, food security, private sector development, energy efficiency, environmental protection, technology diffusion and investment promotion.
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