World Bank supports Angolan agriculture relaunch

  • World Bank supports Angola's agricultural sector
Huambo – World Bank plans a US $25million investment to contribute to the relaunch of agriculture in Angola, with the implementation of the Agricultural Productivity Program for Southern Africa (APPSA).

 

It’s the second phase of a program, officially launched on Wednesday, in the central Huambo Province, that aims to generate different technologies, modernization of the Angolan agrarian sector and invest in new investigation areas, in order to build a sustainable agriculture sector.

 

In this purpose, the coordinator of the project, Joaquim César, revealed that there’s also the plan to install, in the north-central province of Malange, a leading regional center to boost in large scale the production of manioc, as well as  corn, rice and several vegetables.

 

He went on to say that APPSA focuses on items such as the generation and promotion of technology, institutional development, contingency of emergency and monitoring, as well as facilitation and coordination of the project.

 

Researchers are also called to be involved, with the aim of benefiting Angolan and Lesotho farmers, in which it is to be  installed a leading horticulture center, in the Maseru region.

 

Joaquin César, said that researchers pay special attention on the drought issue, as it is one of the current biggest challenges, due to the climate changes issue.

 

The secretary of States for Farming, João Manuel Bartolomeu da Cunha, at the closure of the event, stressed the importance of the said program for the governmental challenge of boosting the country’s agrarian sector.

 

The official pointed out external events, with emphasis on climate change, coupled with the low level of technological knowledge on the part of producers, as being among the main factors that limit the development of agriculture in Angola.

 

The secretary of State reiterated that agriculture is the decisive factor for the diversification of the national economy, fight against poverty, guarantee of food/nutrition security and the reduction of unemployment.

 

During the first phase of APPSA, developed between 2013 and 2018, with an investment by the World Bank in the order of US $ 140 million, three countries were beneficiaries, namely Mozambique (which dedicated itself to the cultivation of rice), Malawi (corn) and Zambia, in legumes.

 

It’s the second phase of a program, officially launched on Wednesday, in the central Huambo Province, that aims to generate different technologies, modernization of the Angolan agrarian sector and invest in new investigation areas, in order to build a sustainable agriculture sector.

 

In this purpose, the coordinator of the project, Joaquim César, revealed that there’s also the plan to install, in the north-central province of Malange, a leading regional center to boost in large scale the production of manioc, as well as  corn, rice and several vegetables.

 

He went on to say that APPSA focuses on items such as the generation and promotion of technology, institutional development, contingency of emergency and monitoring, as well as facilitation and coordination of the project.

 

Researchers are also called to be involved, with the aim of benefiting Angolan and Lesotho farmers, in which it is to be  installed a leading horticulture center, in the Maseru region.

 

Joaquin César, said that researchers pay special attention on the drought issue, as it is one of the current biggest challenges, due to the climate changes issue.

 

The secretary of States for Farming, João Manuel Bartolomeu da Cunha, at the closure of the event, stressed the importance of the said program for the governmental challenge of boosting the country’s agrarian sector.

 

The official pointed out external events, with emphasis on climate change, coupled with the low level of technological knowledge on the part of producers, as being among the main factors that limit the development of agriculture in Angola.

 

The secretary of State reiterated that agriculture is the decisive factor for the diversification of the national economy, fight against poverty, guarantee of food/nutrition security and the reduction of unemployment.

 

During the first phase of APPSA, developed between 2013 and 2018, with an investment by the World Bank in the order of US $ 140 million, three countries were beneficiaries, namely Mozambique (which dedicated itself to the cultivation of rice), Malawi (corn) and Zambia, in legumes.