The European Union (EU) has allocated 84 million euros to support the agricultural sector in Angola, over the next five years, said Wednesday in Luanda cooperation official from the EU Delegation in Angola.
On the sidelines of the First National Conference on Nutrition, promoted by the Angolan government, Fernando Trabada Crende said the European support aims to help combat malnutrition in Angola, the fifth leading cause of infant death in the country.
The official, who presented the topic “Cooperation on food and nutrition security between the government of Angola and the European Union,” said malnutrition in Angola was very worrying, stressing that there is recognition of the Angolan authorities of its strong impact on human development and on the country in general.
Trabada Crende also said that the southern provinces and the central highlands of Angola would be the focus of special attention as would identifying the nutritional status of populations in intervention areas before implementing actions to combat malnutrition.
The National Indicative Programme (PIN), which outlines the strategy and priorities for cooperation between the government of Angola and EU aid, discusses the food and nutrition security as one of the partnership’s priority areas.
Angola’s PIN is financed with EU funds and under the 11th European Development Fund, the total EU will be 210 million euros by 2020. (macauhub/AO)