UN donates US$600,000 to promote agriculture in São Tomé and Príncipe

14 August 2014

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has donated US$600,000 to promote agriculture in São Tomé and Príncipe, São Tomé’s minister of agriculture announced on Wednesday.

António Dias said the donation was made per the financial assistance protocol agreement signed on Tuesday in São Tomé by an FAO representative and by the Agriculture Ministry on the government’s behalf.

The agreement, to be applied by the end of this year, is valid for three years. It basically aims to encourage market gardening at Guadalupe in the Lobata district 12 km north of São Tomé, as well as on the autonomous island of Príncipe, 150 km from São Tomé Island.

At Guadalupe the project is also meant to combat drought resulting from destruction of part of the forest. On Príncipe Island the authorities plan to produce more garden vegetables with a view to reducing imports from the island country’s capital, the minister said, citing the document.

The project is part of the strategy outlined by the authorities of São Tomé and Príncipe to ensure food security and reduce poverty. The national economy continues to be based on agriculture, especially cacao, which annually brings in about US$5 million. (macauhub/ST)