Angola: Rural Development Program to cost US$30 million

11 January 2008

Luanda, Angola, 11 Jan – Angola’s Rural Development and Support for the Rural Woman Program, which began in 2007, may require investment of US$30 million this year, the deputy minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Filomena Delgado said Thursday in Luanda.

According to the deputy minister, who was speaking during the presentation of the program to the government of Luanda province, represented by the deputy governor, Francisca do Espírito Santo, the project could, in this second phase of implementation, cover at least 1.1 million families in the country’s 18 provinces, a figure that could increase based on the survey carried out in 2007.

The first phase of implementation of the program, which began in 2007, involved drawing up projects and covered nine of the country’s 18 provinces. According to Filomena Delgado, there was a need to set up a fund to provide a sustainable source of funding for the program, because the state budget cannot meet all the project’s requirements.

According to Angolan news agency Angop, the program aims to reduce poverty in rural areas, thus making it easier for the population to gain access to power, water, telecommunications, education, health and other services.

The project, which aims to drive wide-scale economic and social change in rural areas, plans to promote research in the agro-farming sector in order to encourage cooperatives and associations to be set up and work on creating micro-industries for transformation of products in the countryside. (macauhub)