With around 10 percent of Angola’s arable land currently under cultivation, the country’s agricultural productivity and crop yields are extremely low. Given that more than half of Angola’s poor are located in rural areas and depend almost exclusively on agriculture for their livelihood, it was fundamental to boost the agriculture sector’s institutional capacity, in particular in areas such as irrigation, policy analysis and agricultural statistics. FAO was approached with a view to establishing new farmer field schools in the provinces of Bié, Huambo and Malanje, as well as training master trainers in the target areas and establishing training curricula. The technical assistance and rural extension provided by the project was geared towards organizing farmers, strengthening markets and adopting the appropriate techniques and innovations to the local context, in an attempt to boost food and nutrition security.
the global forestry advisory body to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released details on how sustainable forest management and forest products are well-positioned to drive a healthy, green, and inclusive recovery as we continue to face serious challenges related to Covid-19 around the world.
In its statement released in Rome, Italy today, the Advisory Committee of Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) referenced the essential role that forestry and forest products have played during the pandemic – and how they can help drive much-needed economic recovery.
Derek Nighbor, president and CEO of Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and president of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) released the following statement today: “This year has been incredibly difficult. Millions of lives have been forever changed – over 35 million people sick, over 1 million lives lost, and economic devastation and pain for too many families and businesses around the world.
“It has forced all of us to think about how we can help in our communities, how we can better provide for our people, and how we can support growth and economic recovery that is good for the planet and leaves no one behind.
The Agriculture and Forests minister, Marcos Nhunga, speaking to the local press, the minister said the sector has been working on the preparation of the coming agricultural season for the past 30 days and is due to deliver agricultural inputs to improve and increase the output levels.
With this campaign, the Ministry of Agriculture intends to secure the availability of improved seeds and of high performance, increase offer of fertilizers, intensify the dolomitic limestone production.
It also aims to increase the usage of animal plough in the family farm as well as the mechanization of the corporative and entrepreneurial sector to boost production and productivity.