The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) approved this month an additional amount of US$60 million to reinforce support for emergency, food and nutrition security and development programmes underway in Angola.
This was confirmed by the institution’s managing director, QuDongyu, who said that the amount aimed to reinforce the US$38 million made available in 2021 to fund FAO programmes in food and nutrition security, family farming and value chains and resilience, climate change and emergencies.
The money was used to fight poverty, drought and desertification in the south of the country, to fight locust plagues, the creation of field schools, the school lunch programme and nutritional improvement.
According to a press release from the Angolan Embassy in Rome (Italy), reached ANGOP Tuesday, the director-general of FAO made the announcement during an annual virtual meeting that analysed the activities conducted in 2021.
QuDongyu congratulated the Angolan Government on ongoing the reforms and expressed availability to continue support for the resilience of the primary productive sector and capacity building so that economic productive recovery and nutrition can support the development of the country and the African region..
He also reaffirmed his personal commitment to continue to help Africa move towards development.
The official highlighted the importance of the reforms being carried out by FAO, which for years focused on food distribution, but which has now adopted a different strategy, such as the promotion of solidarity and the exchange of experiences between States. members from the same region or from regions facing the same challenges, seeking integrated local solutions.
In turn, the Angolan ambassador to Italy and permanent representative of the Angolan State to FAO, Fátima Jardim, who participated in the forum, congratulated the institution on the work done, the reforms introduced and encouraged the continuous prioritisation of the resolution of food, nutrition and development of the African continent.
She expressed her gratitude for FAO’s support to Angola, as well as done, particularly the collaboration in the programme to fight drought and fires in southern Angola.
Fátima Jardim said she hopes that the number of projects and their values will increase this year, essentially those linked to the transformation of food systems, the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the multiplication of field schools and support to combat drought and to scourges in southern Angola.
She also informed the director general of FAO that Angola has assumed the rotating presidency of the CPLP and expects the institution’s collaboration in the implementation of the food security strategy and on the objective of the African Solidarity Fund chaired by Angola, having asked for its support for the mobilisation of resources necessary for its normal operation.