The United Nation's food and Agriculture Organisation has a new programme in mind to help improve food production in African countries.
GV INTERIOR Newsmen at news conference (2 shots)
CM Mr. Yohannes Habtu (Acting FAO regional representative) makes statement as newsmen listen (11 shots)
HABTU: "The most relevant areas where the FAO can play a useful and crucial role within the framework of the international economic order include programmes in support of production codes and improved nutrition. In this case the principal emphasis will be on efforts to raise food production in Africa. Food production in many African countries has not increased concomitally with effective demand, with consequent adverse effects on their nutritional status and the extent of their self-sufficiency in food and their balance of payments position. From these it's clear that the African countries would have to further intensify their efforts to mobilise resources and to give increased priority in their development plans to food production and the agricultural sector in general. FAO for the first time in its history has established a technical cooperation programme with an initial fund of 18.5 million for the bi-annium 1976-77. This is expected to be (indistinct)..money in (indistinct) contributions from bi lateral, multi-lateral and other sources of finance.
The fund is to be used upon specific government requests and within the established FAO guideline procedures mainly for small scale quick action projects. That is in (a) investment corporation (b) training and education mainly at the grass roots levels (c) emergencies following the outbreak of pests and disasters and (d) other unforseen requirements. The programme presents a new and promising departure for FAO which for the 31 years of its existence has never been able to use regular monetary resources in significant amounts for direct technical assistance for member countries's urgent development needs."
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Background: The United Nation's food and Agriculture Organisation has a new programme in mind to help improve food production in African countries. It will be presented to the FAO's Regional Conference for Africa to be held in Sierra Lone beginning on 2 November. The FAO's Acting African Representation Mr. Yohannes Habtu explained the plan to newsmen on friday (22 October).