Angola may soon be self-sufficient in food, FAO says

30 January 2007

Luanda, Angola, 30 Jan – Angola may soon become self-sufficient in food due to its natural potential, the representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Anatolio Ndong Mba.

According to Angolan news agency Angop, the FAo representative, who was speaking after a meeting with Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Afonso Pedro Canga, said that Angola, with its enormous potential, as well as becoming self-sufficient in food could also be a distribution base for products to the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

During his meeting with the Angolan Agriculture Minister, Ndong Mba pledged that the FAO’s support would continue.

Ndong Mba reminded his audience that the FAO had been operating in Angola since 1989 on the basis of emergency programs for refugees and people displaced by war as well as equipping communities to produce seeds.

With peace now installed in Angola, he said, the FAO was now directing its efforts towards development programs, particularly food safety, and training staff in partnership with the South African , Spanish and Italian governments and the European Union, as well as micro projects aimed at rural communities. (macauhub)