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Sao Tome, Sept. 10, 2019 (Lusa) - The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) launched on Tuesday in Sao Tome four projects for agricultural development valued at $234,000 (almost €212,000), a government source said.
The projects, whose implementation period runs from May of this year until April 2021, aim to capitalise on and value vegetables for food and nutrition security.
The agriculture minister, Francisco Ramos, said that these projects will benefit the sustainable development of Sao Tomean agriculture.
"The country has always been importing the majority of basic food products, which are associated with the risks of consuming highly processed foods with high levels of sugar, salt and fats, many of which arrive in our market badly labelled, owing to the unregulated internal liberalisation of trade policies," the minister said.
The government said that the country's economy is very little diversified, and agriculture remains the predominant sector, with a contribution of about 20% to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
A report to which Lusa had access showed that subsistence agriculture occupies almost 60% of the active population of the archipelago and is practised by farmers who have immense difficulties to develop, causing strong demographic pressure in cities and a considerable degradation of production.
The government said that it is necessary and indispensable to change this situation, otherwise, the country will continue to suffer from nutritional deficiencies.
The representative of FAO, Argentino Espirito Santo, defended that this project is fundamentally aimed at the sector of agricultural production, hoping that its implementation will be successful and that in the end, it will be possible to gain sufficient confidence so that FAO can plan a broader action in this area.


Agency : LUSA

Date : 2019-09-11 10:13:36


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