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Equatorial Guinea and Angola, the most supportive countries

posted by – March 26th, 2014

This was recognized at the 28th FAO Regional Conference for Africa held these days in Tunisia. The Food Aid Fund currently has forty million dollars to initially support projects in the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali and Niger. The principal contributions so far come from Equatorial Guinea and Angola.

Although the continued economic growthof the African continent has been assessed since 1999 -currently seven of the top ten fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa- it is also a recognized fact that this is still the continent with the most food insecurity in the world. Therefore, the FAO calls on the ministers of agriculture of the conference to implement priority actions to increase investment and support for small farmers, including young people and rural women.

In July 2013, the FAO collaborated with the Commission of the African Union and the Lula Institute to organize a high-level meeting in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), which had the theme: “Towards the African Renaissance. Ending Hunger in Africa by 2025.” That statement, which was also adopted at the African Union Summit in January 2014, called on African heads of state to end hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in the continent by 2025. The roadmap called for joint action in the creation of a Trust Fund for Solidarity among the associate members.

So far, the fund has forty million dollars that mostly come from Equatorial Guinea and Angola, and is one of the innovative mechanisms undertaken by Africa in mobilizing resources, as recognized by the FAO Regional Conference for Africa, which is being held from March 24 to 28 in the Algerian capital.

This meeting is primarily focused on finding solutions to increase the sustainability of agriculture, fisheries, livestock and forestry as a source of employment and income for African youth, women and men involved in these sectors of food security and nutrition.