Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 53

Eu Food

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 maggio 2009

Small-scale farmers in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sierra Leone are soon to  receive  a  productivity boost, thanks to innovative projects of the UN World  Food Programme (WFP) funded with a 39-million euro donation from the European Union (EU). The  projects are aimed at helping poor farmers – most of them women – more efficiently  produce  food  through  programs  such  as group farming, crop diversification  and kitchen gardens. In some communities, WFP will provide food  in  exchange  for  work on projects aimed at improving irrigation and flood resistance, or planting trees. These  WFP  food security projects come under the first allocation from the new  1-billion  euro  EU  Food  Facility,  to  respond  to the growing food security  problems  faced  by many developing countries. About 1.5 million people will benefit from the first four WFP programmes. Sheeran  said  the  EU’s  commitment  to the world’s poorest farmers was an important  signal  that at a time of financial crisis in the industrialized world,  the organisation had not forgotten the needs of the most vulnerable people in developing countries. The allocations include the following: Bangladesh,  20  million  euro  to provide food and cash in exchange for
work  on  flood control, irrigation projects and raised seed beds, training in  on-farm entrepreneurship such as group farming and crop diversification and other income generation projects; Pakistan,  14  million  euro  to increase crop production, plant kitchen gardens,  provide food in exchange for work on water & sanitation projects, the  production  of 35 million tree saplings and the planting of 10 million trees; Sierra  Leone,  5.4 million euro to provide food in exchange for work on rehabilitation  of  inland  valley  swamps  and smallholder plantations and improvement of feeder roads to help farmers bring their produce to market.
WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency and the UN’s frontline agency for hunger solutions. In 2009, WFP aims to feed around 100 million people in 77 countries:


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