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Elimination of hunger depends on investments in agriculture
Angola Press Agency (Luanda)
1 November 2008
AllAfrica.com

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The representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to Angola, Paulo Vicente, said Friday in Luanda that investing in agriculture is a decisive factor to improve the means of subsistence for victims of famine.

In a speech, delivered at the opening act of the conference on food and nutrition, promoted by the Association of the Natives and Friends to Angola (Anang), Paulo Vicente said that stimulating agricultural production in the world and greater economic and technical co-operation among the developing countries are important factors to decrease poverty.

The rapid increase of food prices and environmental changes, he said, worsen the situation of famine in the world.

According to him it is fundamental to focus on food security, nutrition and the subsistence means in the peripheral urban areas, to help poor people attain a healthy life and enable local authorities to increase their efforts to achieve the millennium development goals.

"While the world seems to be getting richer and richer and producing more foodstuff than ever, the devastating effects of food prices rise have increased the number of under nourished people", he lamented.

According to a FAO report published in September this year, the number of people starving in the world rose from 850 million to 925 million in the last few months, due to the increase in prices.

The opening ceremony of the conference was attended by the representative of the governor of Luanda, Ferreira da Conceição, the chairman of Anang, Vítor Kajibanga, as well as representatives of the ministries of Education, Agriculture, Foreign Affairs, and from the State Department for Rural Development and UNICEF.

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