Luanda, Angola - The Eduardo dos Santos Foundation (FESA) and the UN Agriculture and Food Organisation (FAO) Thursday in Luanda, the Angolan capital, signed a cooperation accord on farming projects. Under the agreement, the partners have identified three projects which will be developed as from the first quarter of this year, according to the FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva.
The projects are linked to the production of spirulina, currently cultivated with much success in the Caribbean, and an improvement on the cassava chain as well as the upgrading of agricultural personnel.
“The accord is for immediate implementation. We have identified the countries that will cooperate with us for the success of our deal, within a very short time,” said the UN
According to the official, the implementation of the accord will involve the assistance of technicians from Cuban and other Caribbean countries as well as Brazil, through its EMBRAPA Cassava Centre.
FESA is the first Angolan institution to sign an agreement with the UN system, da Silva said.
Speaking at the ceremony, FESA chairman, Ismael Diogo, said the accord was capable of helping Angola to reach, under the Millennium Development Goals, significant steps towards food security, fight against poverty and malnutrition.
Training of personnel, implementation of social infrastructure development projects, including medical centres and schools are other FESA projects earmarked for the year 2013.
Established in 1996, FESA operates as a non-profit organisation investing in the techno-scientific, cultural and social fields.