Angola’s small-scale farmers welcome investment, urge careful targeting

Think small to overcome big problems – that was the message to African governments being urged to do more to increase food security and reduce hunger and malnutrition on the continent. Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), told delegates at the regional conference for Africa staged in Luanda in the first week of May that there needed to be a focus on “small producers” and “family farming”. One billion dollars of investment, announced with much fanfare in Angola’s state media, also focussed on repairing roads to boost access to markets, introducing new irrigation technologies and promoting techniques such as crop rotation and storage. Read more here.

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