To promote agricultural development, African nation, Cameroon signed a US $20 million agreement with Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Yaoundé.
The agreements were signed by Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo, Cameroon’s Minister of External Relations, Essimi Menye, the country’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, during a two-day official visit to the country.
The new FAO-Cameroon Partnership Programme (FCPP) will focus on national priorities as set forth in the FAO Country Programming Framework for Cameroon. The partnership will include implementing national strategies to boost rural growth, promoting agricultural jobs for youth and women, and developing and implementing policies and strategies to build the resilience of rural populations to disasters and crises.
The Programme also foresees the possibility of support to South-South Cooperation activities in other African countries, funded by Cameroon.
"As partners, the government and FAO will continue to keep each other informed about their respective policies and programmes on food security, nutrition, agricultural and rural development", said minister Moukoko Mbonjo.
"This historic financial commitment highlights Cameroon’s strong commitment to food security and rural development. This generous contribution is an important recognition of Africa’s potential in the fight against extreme hunger and poverty," FAO’s Director-General said.
"It has become clear that while we have the power to end hunger in our lifetime, we will only succeed if we work together, including through Southern countries assisting one another," he added.
"Cameroon is committed to strengthening agriculture in-country and beyond, which is the sector at the basis of Africa’s development", added Minister Menye.
"We are delighted to increase the already long existing cooperation with FAO. It will strengthen our ongoing work and open new opportunities to work together in pursuit of our common goals," he said.
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