Guinea Bissau: Government and United Nations sign deal to develop agricultural and livestock production

20 May 2009

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 20 May – The government of Guinea Bissau and the United Nations Tuesday in Bissau signed the second phase of the agricultural and livestock development project, funded by Brazil, India and South Africa, as part of south-south cooperation.

“This second phase is focused on increasing agricultural production (…) and will associate complementary activities in the area of renewable energies,” said the representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Guinea Bissau, Giuseppina Mazza.

The programme, which is expected to cost 627,000 euros, aims to carry out activities in the areas of agriculture, livestock, literacy, processing of agri-livestock products and installation of solar panels in rural communities of the regions of Oio, Biombo and Bafatá.

The agricultural development project aims to combat hunger and poverty by improving the living conditions and income of the population.

The first phase of the project was implemented between 2005 and 2007 and involved rice seed production, fertiliser, small farming utensils and training.

Guinea Bissau, which used to be a large producer of rice, nowadays is almost exclusively focused on producing cashew nuts for export. (macauhub)