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African Solidarity at the service of urban and peri-urban horticulture in Central Africa

Four million dollars investment to improve availability of locally produced food.

13 November 2014, Malabo- Between 2014 and 2017, 4 million dollars will be invested in Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial-Guinea, Sao-Tome and Principe and in Chad. This is in connection with the implementation of a project entitled “Strengthening food security in urban areas in Central Africa through improved availability of locally produced food’’. The project is being financed by the African Solidarity Trust Fund and implemented by the FAO Sub-regional Office for Central Africa (Libreville).

Central Africa is facing a triple challenge: Filling the gap created by the lost of farm labour, curbing rural-urban migration and feeding its population. To this effect,  urban and peri-urban horticulture creates an opportunity to improve food security and livelihoods  in a situation where population pressure is generating an increased demand for food stuffs and jobs.

 Strengthening solidarity between African countries

 At the 27th FAO Regional Conference for Africa, held in 2012 in Brazzaville, participants from FAO Member-States, United Nations agencies, NGOs and inter-governmental organizations laid the foundation for the creation of a Solidarity Trust Fund for Africa, by reaffirming their commitment to make every effort possible at the national and regional levels to fight against hunger and malnutrition, improve the livelihood of farmers and ensure food and nutrition security for all, within the framework of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture  Development Programme (CAADP).   

To this end, the Fund has benefited from a financial support of about 40 million dollars, with Equatorial –Guinea contributing $30 million, Angola $10 million as well as a symbolic contribution from the civil society organizations of the Republic of Congo. Since its establishment, 30 African countries have benefited from the support of the fund.

The challenges  of urban and peri-urban horticulture

Improving the living conditions  of the people, notably through food security and reducing unemployment among women and the youth are some of the main objectives of this project “ Strengthening food security in urban areas in Central Africa through  improved availability of locally produced food”

« The activities to be undertaken under this project, will, through their impacts on job creation, on poverty reduction through revenue generating   activities and on the health of the people, offer opportunities to improve the well-being of the urban populations », said Mr. Olman Serrano, FAO Representative in Equatorial Guinea. 

The project launch which was organized by the FAO from 11 to 12 November in Malabo, brought together technical experts of the Organization, mayors the cities and authorities of other decentralized entities which are hosting the horticulture component of the project as well as national coordinators.

A good understanding of the issues at stake, the sharing of experience  and the presentation of the model of urban and peri-urban horticulture development in the Democratic Republic of  Congo are the main focus of the two days meeting.

 

See also: Four new Africa Solidarity Trust Fund projects will benefit 24 countries

Contact:

Benjamin Micha Afang | Consultant en communication | FAO Guinée-Equatoriale | Email: Benjamin.michaafang@fao.org
Hyacine Kacou-Amondji | Chargée de Communication FAO-SFC | Email: Hyacine.KacouAmondji@fao.org

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