Reflections on investing in family farming in Angola

By Mr. Mamoudou Diallo, FAO Representative in Angola

On 4 November 2014, more than 450 participants gathered in Luanda to take part in an International Conference on Family Farming.

In the context of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), the Government of Angola, with technical support from FAO, took the initiative to organize the Conference, with a view to promoting family farming as a means of eradicating hunger, overcoming food insecurity and reducing poverty.

This meeting brought together various actors from Angolan society, such as members of national government, representatives of local government, civil society and traditional authorities, donor representatives and representatives of international organizations, including the Deputy Director-General Natural Resources, Ms. Maria-Helena Semedo, who represented the Director-General of FAO.

As experiences at the national, regional and international levels were shared, the Angolan Government’s significant progress was highlighted with regard to family farming and its inextricable connection to food and nutrition security, as well as its contribution to diversifying the economic at local and national levels.

The Conference encouraged greater investment to increase the productivity of family farms in Angola, which require access to financial and natural resources and strengthened infrastructure and basic services in rural areas, particularly health care and education services, water and sanitation.

Emphasis was also placed on the need to consolidate training, research and knowledge transfer to improve agricultural services and technology for mitigating the effects of climate change on family farming.

The Government reiterated its commitment to strengthening intersectoral coordination and accelerating the development of family farming in line with the agro-ecological potential of each province in the country. It also recalled its intention to promote different sectors of livestock and arable production in order to reduce the amount of food imported and support local production, and more specifically, production by young farmers and women. This commitment aims to broaden food production by making it more stable and accessible, particularly for mothers and children under the age of five years.

A joint technical committee, established between the Government of Angola and FAO, will monitor implementation of the recommendations made by the Conference