Angola wants more external funding for agriculture

5 January 2015

The government of Angola has proposed to representatives of international organisations an increase in funding for agricultural programmes included in the 2013/2017 National Development Plan, the Ministry for Agriculture said in a statement.

Cited by newspaper Jornal de Angola, the statement also said that minister Afonso Canga and Secretary of State Amaro Tati held a roundtable meeting with representatives of United Nations agencies, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Union and Spanish cooperation.

The Secretary of State for Agriculture told participants that the Angolan government wants to speed up the implementation of the National Development Plan to address the challenges of agricultural development and food and nutrition security.

The World Bank announced at the meeting that it aims to extend financing of the Agricultural Support Programme for Small Farmers Focused on the Market run by the Ministry of Agriculture with technical assistance from the FAO for the “Farmers’ Field Schools” component and expand assistance to other areas considered a priority by the Ministry.

The international financial institution announced a US$250 million package was available for the agricultural sector in 2015, despite the budget support recently requested by the government. (macauhub/AO)