Rehabilitation project in Angola for 1 000 families resettled after 27 years of war
Spain has provided more than $500 000 funding
21 September 2004, Rome -- FAO has just embarked on a project in Angola to combat the vulnerability of communities recently resettled as part of peacemaking efforts and measures to rehabilitate the Angolan economy after 27 years of war that devastated the country.
The project will support activities to help over 1 000 families resettled in the southeastern part of Huambo Province, and forms part of a national programme intended to raise the living standards of rural households.
These communities are faced with serious difficulties, such as the need to rebuild their homes and resume farming as soon as possible, to improve their families' diets.
Huambo Province is in the central highlands of Angola, and was chosen because of its poor soils, the high concentration of resettled people there and the serious vulnerability to which its large population is exposed.
FAO, through its Emergency Coordination Unit, is implementing a number of activities under this project to provide agricultural inputs and technical assistance to ensure the sustainable recovery and rehabilitation of rural production systems.
The project will also provide training for the beneficiary communities, focusing in particular on the most vulnerable households, most of which are headed by women and have one or more members suffering from HIV/AIDS.
The project will be executed over six months, with a Spanish contribution of 431 600 Euros ($515 000) through the Humanitarian and Emergency Assistance office of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation.
This initiative, which is the first of its kind to be financed by Spain within the framework of FAO's Emergency and Rehabilitation programmes, is designed to lay the foundations for a later project forming part of the Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS) promoted by FAO.
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