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Sat, 17 Oct 2020 09:42 - Updated Sat, 17 Oct 2020 09:37

Food project covers thousands of vulnerable families

Lubango - Vulnerable families in the provinces of Huila, Namibe and Cunene benefit from the Programme to Strengthen Resilience, Food Security and Nutrition in Angola (FRESAN), as part of the eradication of hunger in the south of the country.

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Financed by the European Union since May 2018, the project covers two million families from 16 municipalities and 57 communes, out of the three provinces, and is estimated to cost 68.6 million euros and is due to end in 2024.

The project focuses on children under five and women and is centered, among others, on the availability of diversified and nutritious food, in order to combat malnutrition and reduce the mortality of minors, according to Patrícia Carvalho, interim coordinator of the project in Huíla.

She was speaking to Angop, in Lubango, on the sidelines of the forum on resilience strategy in southern Angola, on World Food Day (16 October).

She said that one of the aims of the project was to contribute to reducing poverty and vulnerability to food and nutritional insecurity in the region, through strengthening seeds, irrigation systems for family farming, access to water, information systems on food security and adaptation to climate change.

In this sense, traditional agricultural practices are valued and innovative technology and agro-ecological practices of soil and water conservation, selection and introduction of adapted varieties are introduced.

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