The information was provided by Gherda Bareto, FAO representative in Angola, who was received on Monday by the governor of Bengo, Maria Nelumba, at the provincial government headquarters.
Cited in a note from the Provincial Government of Bengo, to which VerAngola had access, Gherda Bareto made it known that "her institution works with the government in a protocol of agreement, with a fund of approximately 40 million dollars, over a period of five years, specifically targeted at three areas which are 'Increasing Food and Nutrition Security'; 'Agribusiness and Value Chains', and 'Strengthening the Climate Resilience of Small Producers'".
Furthermore, Gherda Bareto also made it known that the institution is interested in working in Bengo, "taking advantage of its agricultural assets", such as "favorable climatic conditions, abundant water, large tracts of arable land, the existence of cooperatives and organized producers", among others.
Speaking at the end of the audience, Maria Nelumba, quoted in the note, said that the province is interested in receiving support and assistance from FAO "in taking advantage of this organization's experience in advising cooperatives, Escola do Campo (for its expansion in the province), Communal Agriculture (which the province intends to relaunch), as well as in Agro-Prodesi, Agro-industry (with the implementation of small units for processing products from the countryside)".
She also mentioned the help "in the use of the Experimental Field in collaboration with the Instituto Superior Politécnico do Bengo" aimed at the "development and improvement of various types of seeds and various types of organic fertilizers" and in the "improvement of fish production".
It should be noted that the FAO representative in Angola was in Bengo at the invitation of the provincial government, which asked for "FAO's support and assistance for the expansion of agriculture and the increase in the supply of fish".