FAO-EU partnership
 
15/02/2011

Reviving agricultural and forestry research in DR Congo

Provide a critical mass of scientists

In partnership with the European Union (EU), FAO is leading efforts to help the Democratic Republic of the Congo breathe new life into agricultural and forestry research, vital to nourish an underfed population and to preserve some of its most precious resources.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country 81 times the size of Belgium, is incredibly rich, and not only thanks to its resources underground. Its vast expanses of arable land and its immense forests possess unequalled potential.

But the riches trickle down only very sparsely to a population, over 70 percent of which is undernourished. And it is not yet clear what should be done to make sure that the forests and lands are developed in such a way that they will also benefit generations to come?

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