IBSA-Guinea Bissau – Boosting food self-sufficiency

The project was designed to explore the current and future volume and composition of trade between India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA), while factoring the perceptions of stakeholders on trade and economic co-operation.

Aid effectiveness has emerged as an immensely important focus of developmental discourse, especially in Africa, and implementation of the Paris Declaration and Accra Agenda for Action has become a key objective of development policy in Africa. Within this context, the role of South-South cooperation has become primary in achieving some of the objectives of past agreements. In the IBSA initiative, one can highlight an important example of South-South cooperation that could provide a blueprint for future south-south partnerships in support of development. The project is based on the foreseen need to explore Africa’s economic development and reduce its dependency on developed countries. This led to a venture by India Brazil and South Africa which saw the launch of IBSA in 2003. IBSA was designed to strengthen political ties amongst the three countries through strengthened economic relations. IBSA also aimed to focus on global leadership in climate change and transport.

What is IBSA’s strategic objective? There are many:

  • Devising strategies for complementary development
  • Maintaining vibrant democracies
  • Continue to show regional leadership
  • Remaining committed to market economies
  • Championing the ‘South-South cause’
  • Pursuing common agendas in multilateral institutions
  • Developing concrete trilateral cooperation strategies wherever andwhenever possible
Year of publication: 
South-South Opportunity
Themes and sectors: 
Agriculture, fisheries, and food security
Themes and sectors: 
South-South cooperation

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