South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC)

South-South solidarity for rural transformation and resilience

The world is fast approaching the deadline for the 2030 Agenda, yet many of the goals remain out of reach. To revitalize progress towards the SDGs while addressing ongoing and emerging challenges, the world must deploy all existing resources. This includes developing countries working together to address gaps in policy, knowledge, technology and resources through an approach called South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC). 

Detailed in the SSTC United Nations system-wide strategy for SSTC, this approach complements North-South cooperation and is a key mechanism for delivering relevant, targeted and cost-effective development solutions and fostering inclusive partnerships.

IFAD has been a long-term advocate for SSTC, with commitments outlined in the 2016-2025 Strategic Framework and guided by the South-South and Triangular Cooperation Strategy 2022-2027. SSTC helps IFAD double and deepen its impact by identifying and disseminating knowledge and innovations, and supporting policy engagement to enhance poor rural people’s productive capacities, market access and resilience.

An important part of IFAD’s country programmes, SSTC aligns partnership, knowledge and policy engagement activities, while promoting inclusive and sustainable food systems transformation, especially in relation to climate, gender, nutrition and youth.

China-IFAD South-South and Triangular Cooperation Facility

The China-IFAD SSTC Facility is the first Facility in IFAD dedicated to SSTC.

IFAD Rural Solutions Portal

The Rural Solutions Portal is a knowledge-sharing platform that collects rural development solutions.

Stories and news


South-South action to confront development challenges

september 2023 - STORY

Rural people across the world live in a dizzying array of contexts, yet they face surprisingly similar struggles. Through South-South and Triangular Cooperation, countries in the Global South learn from each other and share resources so they can overcome development challenges together.

Three innovative farming solutions made possible through South-South and Triangular Cooperation

december 2022 - STORY

The importance of the South-South and Triangular Cooperation and three ways it changed the lives of smallholder farmers.

A new sustainable way to fish for better incomes and diets in Nigeria and Ghana

september 2022 - STORY

Cage aquaculture is a greener, cheaper method of fish farming. Thanks to South-South and Triangular Cooperation, ProSCAWA is helping small-scale fishers get started with cage aquaculture and meet growing demand for fish.

IFAD and South-South and Triangular Cooperation: An interview with Satu Santala

september 2022 - VIDEO

Global hunger and food insufficiency are increasing, reflecting increased inequalities arising from unequal economic recovery and persisting income losses following the pandemic. Satu Santala, Associate Vice-President of the External Relations and Governance Department at IFAD, tells us more about Fund’s approach to tackling these global challenges through SSTC.

Building rural resilience through South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Results of the Third Call for Proposals under the China-IFAD SSTC Facility

augustus 2021 - NEWS

Find out more about the four projects selected from the SSTC Third Call for Proposals.



IFAD's Newsletter on South-South and Triangular Cooperation - Issue 2

oktober 2023

The second edition of Shared Development, the IFAD newsletter on SSTC, focuses on interventions at the regional and country levels that target climate adaptation and resilience.

Building Smallholder Farmers Resilience in Kayonza District: A Case Study of Starlit Project

maart 2023

The STARLIT (Strengthening Agricultural Resilience through Learning and Innovation) project is an IFAD-China SSTC Facility funded initiative which aims to strengthen the resilience of farmers in the maize value chain in Kenya and Rwanda.

IFAD's Newsletter on South-South and Triangular Cooperation - Issue 1

februari 2023

This newsletter shares stories and solutions for agriculture and rural transformation, and builds a picture of how SSTC contributes to improving the livelihoods of rural people.

The Rome-Based Agencies Joint initiative for Home-Grown School Feeding

november 2022

FAO, IFAD and WFP are leveraging South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) to support national Home-Grown School Feeding Programmes (HGSF).

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