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Director-General  José Graziano da Silva

Ciudad Mujer users, in Colón, will be beneficiaries of the programme

SIS and FAO grant farming programme in El Salvador
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29th June 2012 , Colón, El Salvador - Salvador’s Secretary of Social Inclusion (SIS) and First Lady, Vanda Pignato, and the Director-General of FAO, José Graziano da Silva, inaugurated the programme Ciudad Mujer (Women’s City): Growing Future and Hope.

The representatives of both institutions signed a cooperation agreement that establishes that FAO will give technical assistance to start up the farming programme for Ciudad Mujer users, in Colón, El Salvador.

“Graziano da Silva comes with a handful of good news for us with the execution of this educational and formative process aimed at our users pursuing their economical autonomy and food security through agriculture”, said Pignato.

This agricultural facilitating programme is being implemented in a test plot of land in Colón, where a production and entrepreneurship space has been designed to teach users how to grow vegetables and then repeat the experience in their own home gardens.

The First Lady added: “The purpose of Ciudad Mujer is to promote women’s economic autonomy because only this way it will be possible to stop violence against women”.

The programme, launched yesterday, will benefit 180 women and was implemented with $50 000 from the Plan of Family Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.

Graziano da Silva stressed: “FAO is committed to promoting gender equality and access to resources, goods and services related to the decisions of women. This drives us to unite with Ciudad Mujer’s programme, which also aims to give comprehensive assistance in its specialized centre for women”.

FAO’s Director-General also said that agricultural production training spaces will be created.