UN, EU to aid 200 smallholder farmers in Republic of Congo

A project to support smallholder farmers of beans in Bouenza department was on Tuesday launched in Madingou, the regional capital which is situated about 300 kilometers from the Republic of Congo capital, Brazzaville.

MoFA establishes demonstration centres to educate farmers
MoFA establishes demonstration centres to educate farmers

Funded by the European Union (EU) to the tune of 1.5 million euros, the project will contribute to revival of agricultural production and will guarantee food sufficiency.

It will be implemented in collaboration with the World Food Program (WFP), UN Food and Agriculture Organization, International Fund for Agricultural Development and the Congolese government.

Its objective is to improve the quantity and quality of the beans produced, besides enabling smallholder farmers to access markets.

“The first phase of this project targets 200 smallholder farmers placed in 20 groups in Bouenza department for production of at least 1,600 tons of beans in the next three years,” WFP’s deputy representative in Republic of Congo Koffi Akakpo said during the project’s launch.

WFP committed to buy 30 percent of the produce which is equivalent to 480 tons of beans harvested from the project. The beans will later be used in the school feeding program to feed at least 18,000 students in Bouenza department.

The remaining 70 percent of the produce will be sold on the national market which currently imports 32,000 tons of beans annually.

According to official statistics, the Republic of Congo imports about 70 percent of its food requirements due to poor performance of the agricultural sector. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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