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Sun, 11 Oct 2020 08:14 - Updated Sun, 11 Oct 2020 08:20

Angola advocates FAO restructuring

Rome - The Angolan ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Maria de Fátima Jardim considers as "a priority and crucial" the restructuring of this UN specialized agency in order to address the various challenges, in particular the eradication of hunger and extreme poverty in the world.

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Ambassador Fátima Jardim (file)

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Within the framework of the organic structure, Angola proposes to integrate climate risks and vulnerabilities into the division of natural resources and production flows, and to include statistics and indicators in the division of social economy and development flows.

The creation of new departments, one for integrated and sustainable agro-ecology and technological innovation and another for preserving biodiversity, are also included in the set of proposals presented by the Angolan ambassador, which were well received by peers.

Ambassador Fátima Jardim was speaking Friday at a virtual meeting between the members of the African Group at the UN agencies in Rome and the management of FAO, which served to exchange views, ideas and suggestions for the development of the New Strategic Framework of FAO to be in force during the period 2022-2031, taking into account the thinking and priorities of Africa.

The approaches took into account programmatic areas, partnerships, challenges and opportunities that affect and will influence food security and sovereignty in the coming decades, risks and uncertainties, and the diplomat considered the new framework of the organisation as a priority and a crucial change in order to increase its dynamics and action for better results.

"We have several priorities, but in the medium and long term, the first task will be to end hunger and extreme poverty around the world, and to participate in national programmes under the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals," she added.

Fátima Jardim welcomed the positive results achieved in the framework of the reforms started in 2008 and listed some relevant areas, in line with FAO efforts, proposing to simplify the process of access to the Green Climate Adaptation Fund.

"The complexity of access to funds, both for Technical Cooperation Programmes (TCPs) and others, especially the Green Climate Adaptation Fund must be reduced," said the Angolan permanent representative to the FAO.

The diplomat noted that the increase in production and productivity was due to increased access to funding, integration of energy into infrastructures, training, innovation and technology and improvement of skills.

For the Angolan representative it is necessary to preserve biodiversity, with priority for research and sustainable management of natural resources.

Fátima Jardim advocates more structured policies, which could integrate the agricultural sector as an essential priority to end hunger and extreme poverty and the establishment of a dynamic partnership for agricultural transformation and development.

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