FAO supports agriculture and livestock in Cabo Verde

24 February 2015

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has donated US$500,000 to Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) to support agriculture and livestock, which has been affected by a poor agricultural year on the archipelago, the FAO said in a statement.

The funding agreement was signed last week by the Secretary-General of the FAO, José Graziano da Silva, and the Cape Verdean Prime Minister José Maria Neves, who was on an official visit to Rome after attending an investiture ceremony at the Vatican for Arlindo Furtado as Cabo Verde’s first cardinal.

Neves said the financial support “will allow us to withstand this drought year, and is in line with Cabo Verde’s programme for construction of sustainable agriculture, able to respond to the random nature of the rains.”

The funding was announced in December by the Deputy Director-General of the FAO, Cabo Verde’s Helena Semedo, after a meeting in Praia with the Cape Verdean Prime Minister.

At the time, Semedo also indicated that US$200,000 will be used to support reconstruction of Chã das Caldeiras, affected by the volcanic eruption on the island of Fogo, which began on 23 November and ended on 8 February. (macauhub/CV)