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Fri, 04 Oct 2019 11:53 - Updated Fri, 04 Oct 2019 11:53

Italy: Angola calls for support to tackle climate change effects

Rome - The Republic of Angola last Thursday in Rome appealed for the support of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to better tackle the matters relating to climate changes effects on agriculture, fishing and have access to the Green Climate Fund, in particular for the southern part of the country, which is currently facing a huge drought problem.

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New permanent representative of Angola at FAO, Maria de Fátima Jardim, presents credentials

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It was the new permanent representative of Angola at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Maria de Fátima Jardim, who addressed the request, at the ceremony of the presentation of her credentials to the General Director of this UN agency, Qu Dongyu, with whom she also discussed agroecology issues and training programmes for small farmers and fishermen, to improve productivity and better quality of living.

The Angolan official highlighted the crucial importance of supporting aspects relating to family agriculture, fishing and community education, having eyes on the agricultural production to provide food stability.

She also underlined the importance of increasing FAO funding for Angola under the South-South and North-South triangular cooperation. Fátima Jardim also highlighted support for issues related to the preservation of rainforests, in particular the Maiombe trans-border initiative and the Congo Basin rainforests.

At the meeting, the Angolan official reiterated the need for greater integration of Angolans in FAO structures, mainly the younger cadres. The request was welcomed by the General Director.

On the other hand, the FAO boss pleasingly accepted the invitation to visit  Angola in the coming times, having disclosed that he first came to the African country three years ago when he was China's vice-minister of Agriculture.

Qu Dongyu also offered to continue to support the resources mobilization campaign for the African Solidarity Fund, created by the FAO Brazzaville Africa Conference in 2012, which is currently headed by Angola.

The Fund, which is managed in collaboration with FAO, has already funded projects in 42 African countries worth US $ 40 million.

ANGOP has learnt that the Angolan official is soon to present also her credentials to IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) and World Food Progam (WFP).

It is noted that Angola and FAO signed in 2018 an agreement for the establishment of a Luanda Office for Partnership and Liaison to replace the previous agreement signed on February 2, 1982, between the United Nations for Food and Agriculture on the Republic of Angola.

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