In Rome, President Luiz Cabral of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, visited the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Wednesday (29 August).
In Rome, President Luiz Cabral of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, visited the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Wednesday (29 August). Mr. Cabral arrived in Italy several days earlier and was received by Pope John Paul the Second at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo on Monday (27 August). Mr. Cabral is only the second African head of state to visit the I.F.A.D. which provides considerable development aid to many African countries.
SYNOPSIS: President Luiz Cabral, seated on the right, was welcomed at the I.F.A.D.'s provisional headquarters by the Fund's President Mr. Abdelmuhsin Al-Sudeary. Fifteen African ambassadors representing African members states of the I.F.A.D were also present. Greeting his guest, Mr. Al-Sudeary said that the I.F.A.D. was ready to do everything in its power to assist the Government of Guinea-Bissau to meet its development goals. President Cabral told the gathering that Guinea-Bissau's main priority was agriculture and it was aiming to achieve self-sufficiency in food. For that purpose he said I.F.A.D. assistance in projects involving small peasant farmers was of vital importance.
The I.F.A.D. has announced an important programme costing between eighty and a hundred million dollars (40-50 million pounds) for the Sahel and is currently negotiating the details with the eight countries concerned.