Luanda – The Angolan government requested UNFAO, this Wednesday in Rome (Italy), to intensify cooperation via funding and operational assistance to programmes that promote women empowerment and autonomy.

The request was made by the Minister of State for Social Affairs, Carolina Cerqueira, to the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Qu Dongyou, during a meeting on the sidelines of the Pre-Summit on Food Systems.

The State minister said that in the current world context, marked by economic retraction, agriculture is an important factor to ensure the production and distribution of food in an inclusive way and as a source of job creation, since hunger, unemployment and food shortages deeply affect the social fabric of all countries and cause the impoverishment of families.

Carolina Cerqueira also referred to the importance of training and education of young people with new agricultural and improvement techniques, to speed up the development of the blue economy and fishing, areas that guarantee rapid sustainable development and that are capable of creating more jobs and a better living quality.

She stressed the actions underway in Angola in the economic and social sphere, with a view to improving the quality of education, as well as the continuous investment in health, social assistance and security and the professional qualification of young people, particularly the most vulnerable and those in rural areas.

Source: Angola Press News Agency