Brazil and FAO fighting against hunger
Under a new South-South Cooperation agreement, Angolan researchers will receive technical assistance and short-term training from the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), which played a key role in Brazil's successful domestic programme to drastically reduce hunger.
"The availability of highly qualified researchers and innovators who understand the complexity of development challenges is key to making great strides in agriculture and food security in Angola," said Laurent Thomas, FAO Assistant Director-General for Technical Cooperation.
Facilitated by FAO, the two-year project will be co-financed by Angola and Brazil, with Angola covering the $2.2 million financial costs and Brazil providing an in-kind contribution of $875 000 through the work of EMBRAPA experts.
The project will formulate a national strategy for agricultural innovation in addition to training some 60 researchers from Angola's Agricultural Research Institute and 45 from its Veterinary Research Institute.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Florencio Mariano da Conceicao e Almeida, Permanent Representative of Angola to FAO, said the project would contribute to national efforts on food security and poverty reduction which have already enabled Angola to meet the Millennium Development Goal target of halving its proportion of hungry people ahead of the 2015 deadline.
FAO started its South-South Cooperation initiative in 1996 to facilitate cooperation among developing countries of the global South to help each other improve food security. Since then, nearly 50 agreements have been signed and more than 1800 experts from 15 countries have been deployed to support food security initiatives in more than 50 developing countries. ■