Angola on its way to overcoming its food deficit

15 March 2013

Angola is on its way to overcoming the food deficit caused by the country’s 20-year civil war and by the irregularity of climate conditions, the assistant director of the Agronomic Research Institute (IIA) said in Huambo.

Maria de Fátima also said, as she spoke at the presentation of a project to promote soy cropping in the provinces of Huambo and Bié, that the food deficit was directly related to poor soil quality and low yields. The soy project will give rural workers access to seeds and silos to store the product.

Maize, which is the basis of the diet of the population living in Angola’s central plateau area, has quite low yields, due to the poor quality of the soil, inappropriate fertilizers and the drought seen recently, she said, adding that it was therefore important to introduce alternative crops such as soy.

The project to promote soy production in Huambo and Bié is an initiative of the IIA, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNPD) and the Codespa Foundation, a non-profit organisation, and is also intended to establish a basis to produce soy on a large scale.

According to Angolan news agency Angop, 64 hectares of land have been prepared for this project, 46 of which in Huambo province and 18 in Bié, and the project will involve six cooperatives with a total of 553 rural workers. (macauhub)