Angola’s agricultural sector represents just 12% of GDP

29 November 2017

The agricultural sector represents just 12% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is still low considering the country’s potential, said on Tuesday in Luanda the Secretary of State for Agriculture and Livestock, Carlos Alberto Pinto.

Based on the Ministry’s indicators, Pinto pointed out that the agricultural sector could contribute much more to the country’s GDP growth if other aspects were considered, such as better management of innovation and greater cooperation between the various actors in the sector.

To reverse the situation, of low production and productivity, the secretary pointed to the development plan for the 2017/2022 Agricultural Sector, an operational tool of the ministry to promote family and business farming, to ensure that an increase in production of the basic food basket, access to resources and services needed for production, improvement of working conditions and social partners in the rural environment.

Pinto, speaking at the opening of the Fair to Promote Skills for Innovation of Agrarian Systems (CDAIS), noted that in this way the sector will be able to promote agricultural productivity, competitiveness and sustainability.

The CDAIS project is funded by the European Union and run in eight pilot countries (Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Laos and Rwanda).

In Angola, the CDAIS project is being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture through the Institute of Agronomic Research (IIA) in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Agrinatura (a consortium of 31 universities and institutions from the European scientific research community). (macauhub)