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FAO holds national workshop in support of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development in Mozambique

Amália, a beneficiary of FAO sub-programme MDG1c, facilitator of Farmer Field School (Photo: ©FAO/Emídio Jozine)

7 December 2016, Maputo - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is holding a one-day seminar on December 8th in support of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, in Maputo.

The seminar, to be attended by an FAO multi-disciplinary team, government counterparts, partners and representatives of the Mozambican civil society, is meant for exchanging experiences and establishing synergies for a coordinated and integrated implementation of Agenda 2030 in the country. It will identify priorities for action in the context of one of three FAO Regional initiatives in Africa on "Sustainable Intensification of Production and Development of Value Chains in Africa". This initiative targets specifically nine countries on the continent: Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda and Zambia.

During the FAO Regional Conference held in April 2016 in Abidjan, several countries members, including Mozambique, requested support in the implementation of Agenda 2030 in the areas of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

In the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Malabo Declaration, FAO has developed an approach to strengthening the contributions of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry and Fisheries including aquaculture towards sustainable development.

In order to address the multiple objectives associated with agriculture, FAO has developed a Common vision for sustainable food and agriculture (SFA). This approach, based on five principles, proposes a pragmatic way to engage agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In addition to meeting with national counterparts, the FAO mission visited the District of Gondola in Manica province to assess progress in Farmer Field Schools (FFS) under the FAO sub-program to "Accelerate the Progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Mozambique (MDG1c).

The FAO mission is a follow-up to talks initiated with the nine countries during a Seminar held from 19th to 21st September 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda, that several members of the Mozambican government attended and which agreed on priorities related to sustainable intensification of production, value chains development, rural poverty reduction and nutrition.  

 In the course of the week (5-10 December 2016), the FAO experts will interact with government, co-operation partners and other relevant stakeholders in the preparation of a road map and schedule of activities  defining FAO's technical assistance in response to the government’s priorities  under Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

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