Guinea Bissau and FAO re-launch National Agricultural Investment Programme

6 September 2013

The government of Guinea Bissau and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Thursday re-launched the National agricultural Investment Programme, said Rui Fonseca, one of the FAO’s representatives in the country.

At the ceremony to re-launch the programme, Fonseca said that Guinea Bissau had the natural and technical conditions to be self-sufficient in terms of food, provided that “support from the international community, the strong will of the government and compliance with international recommendations,” all came together.

Cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa, by way of example Fonseca noted the need for 10 percent of the State Budget to be set aside for agriculture, in order to boost confidence in the sector.

The programme, as it was draw up in November 2010, had a budget of around 153 billion CFA francs (around 233 million euros). (macauhub)