Crop Biotech Update

Research Project to Strengthen Agriculture in Angola

January 29, 2014

Angola, Brazil and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will work together to strengthen food security in the Southern African country by boosting its agricultural and veterinary research. Under a new South-South Cooperation agreement, Angolan researchers will receive technical assistance and short-term training from the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), which played a key role in Brazil's successful domestic programme to drastically reduce hunger.

Facilitated by FAO, the two-year project will be co-financed by Angola and Brazil, with Angola covering the $2.2 million financial costs and Brazil providing an in-kind contribution of $875,000 through the work of EMBRAPA experts. The project will formulate a national strategy for agricultural innovation in addition to training of 60 researchers from Angola's Agricultural Research Institute and 45 from its Veterinary Research Institute.

See FAO's news release at http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/212887/icode/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social+media&utm_campaign=FAOnews&utm_content=ac.