The Angolan Government has requested technical support from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for the establishment of the first Agri-Business Information Center, as well as the diagnosis of smart technologies to mitigate the consequences of drought in the country.
The request was made by the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, António Francisco de Assis.
Another support requested by the Angolan governor was the strengthening of the Agriculture Information System in Angola.
The minister invited FAO Director-General Qu Dongyo to visit Angola, as well as reiterating the country’s readiness to collaborate in the implementation of the United Nations program.
He thanked FAO for its support in providing technical assistance to rural development programs implemented in Angola through the field school 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 was 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.
The minister, who was accompanied by the Angolan ambassador to Italy and representative to Rome-based UN agencies, Maria de Fátima Jardim, recalled that the cyclical drought plaguing a part of southern Angola most severely affects food security and therefore “it deserves to be appreciated with a decentralized regional program 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 Program and Budget 2020-2021” and reviewed the report of the joint meeting of the Program Committee and the Finances
At the opening of the event, Qu Dongyu promised to increase transparency in the organization and proposed new institutional structures to achieve better results, innovation and support for the most vulnerable people in small island states and developing countries.
The Director-General, who has been in office since August 2018, stressed the need for FAO to focus on food security and poverty eradication, the weaknesses of tropical agriculture, the challenges of dry and arid agriculture, the promotion of agriculture and development. digital rural development and promoting actions to improve the agricultural environment for sustainable development.
He announced the setting up of an office that will address the needs of vulnerable populations, as well as the establishment of a Youth and Women Committee, taking into account that worldwide agriculture is practiced by women and young people.