1 February 2013

Angola: Fesa and FAO Sign Cooperation Accord

Luanda — The Eduardo dos Santos Foundation (FESA) and the United Nations Agriculture and Food Organisation (UNFAO) Thursday in Luanda signed a cooperation accord for training of staff and farming projects.

"FESA is the first Angolan institution to sign an agreement with the UN system. I am very proud for the fact of being with FAO," said the UN agency's director general, José Grasiano da Silva, who was received in audience by FESA chairman, Ismael Diogo.

Further to the established cooperation, according to FAO director, three opportunities have been identified for development as from the first quarter of this year.

They are linked to the production of spirulina, currently cultivated with much success in the Caribbean, improvement to the cassava chain and upgrading of personnel.

"The accord is for immediate implementation. We have identified the countries that will cooperate for the success of our deal, within short time," said the UN official.

According to the official, the implementation of the accord will involve the assistance of technicians from Cuban and other Caribbean countries and Brazil, through its EMBRAPA Cassava Centre.

"FESA dedicated a special attention to agriculture, during its scientific events held in 2012 and ever since various areas for cooperation have been identified," Grasiano da Silva added.

In his turn, FESA chairman, Ismael Diogo, praised the gains resulting from this cooperation in the sector of agriculture as, he added, FAO as an international institution has a projection in the sector capable of helping Angola to reach, under the millennium goals, significant steps toward food security, fight against poverty and malnutrition.

Training of personnel, implementation of social infrastructure development projects, including medical centres and schools , are other FESA projects for the year 2013.

FESA was established in 1996 and operates as a non-profit organisation investing in the techno-scientific, cultural and social fields.

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