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Thu, 05 Dec 2019 13:34 - Updated Thu, 05 Dec 2019 13:34

Government wants to build agribusiness centre

Luanda - The Angolan Government has requested technical support from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for the construction of the first Information Centre on Agribusiness, as well as the smart technologies diagnostic to mitigate the consequences of the country's drought.

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Agricultural products produced in Namibe Province

Photo: sofer Kanguami

Minister of Agriculture and Forests, António Francisco de Assis (file)

Photo: Carlos Matias

The argument was expressed on Wednesday in Rome, Italy, by the minister of Agriculture and Forests, Antonio Francisco de Assis, who headed the Angolan delegation that participated this month, in this city, in the 163rd session of the FAO Council.

Another support requested by the Angolan government was also the strengthening of the Agriculture Information System in Angola.

The minister took advantage of the occasion and invited the FAO Director-General Qu Dongyo to visit Angola, as well as reiterated the country's willingness to collaborate in the implementation of the United Nations programme.

He thanked FAO for its support in providing technical assistance to rural development programmes implemented in Angola through the field schools methodology, whose first results have been encouraging, as they have raised the education and knowledge of the communities.

Among the many issues discussed during his meeting with Qu Dongyu, there is the issue of climate change, which has become a scourge that affects the food security of most African states, according to António Francisco de Assis.

He recalled that the cyclical drought in a part of southern Angola most severely affects food security and therefore “deserves to be tackled with a decentralized regional programme in the country”.

The 163rd session of that Council, led by FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu, among other matters, made the “Adjustment in the Work Programme and the 2020-2021 Budget” and reviewed the report of the joint meeting of the Committee on Programmes and the Committee on Finances.

During this event, the Angolan delegation also held a separate meeting with the president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Gilbert Houngbo.

The Angolan minister had hearings with his counterparts from Namibia, Apheus Naruseb, Cape Verde, Gilberto Silva de Carvalho, and Italy’s Teresa Bellanova.

Among several working meetings, Antonio Francisco de Assis also had a gathering with the president of the group of African ambassadors to the United Nations Agencies in Rome and the Nigerian ambassador, Yaya Olaniran.

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