An investment of USD 38.2 million will be made over a seven-year period in family development and marketing projects in the provinces of Huíla and Cuanza Sul, by the Angolan Government and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
The projects will be developed in five municipalities in each of the provinces.
In the southern Huíla Province were selected the localities of Cacula, Caconda, Chicomba, Chipindo and Caluquembe, while those of Amboim, Cassongue, Cela, Conda and Quibala were contemplated in the central Cuanza Sul Province.
Speaking to journalists, on the fringes of the launch of the project, director Augusto Nguimbe said that the programmes aim to increase the institutional capacity of the parties involved, as well as the production of small farmers and improve the link with the markets.
He explained that it will benefit small farmers with less than two hectares of land, with potential to increase agricultural production by a total of 300,000 people grouped in 60,000 families. Of these, ten thousand provide apprentices in field schools and one thousand with irrigation support, with 50 percent being women and 30 percent youths.
He pointed out that of the amount to be applied (USD 8.3 million) is earmarked for investment support, USD 7.7 million goes to the institutional strengthening of the local, provincial and national units of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry aimed to strengthen the capacity of small farmers and farming organisations through field schools.
For technical support, USD 6.5 million is reserved, one million for capacity building and global knowledge to focus on emerging research issues, the same amount for monitoring and evaluation.
He stressed that the main crops to be grown are maize, beans, potatoes and other vegetables, the expected results of which are the creation of jobs at family farms, the improvement of livelihoods and the nutritional status of thousands of beneficiaries and facilitating the development of agricultural value chains.