The government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have signed an agreement that calls for the FAO to invest $3 million over three years to develop poultry farming in rural Equatorial Guinea. The investment is part of the government’s efforts to develop the country’s agricultural sector and create income-generating activities in rural and urban areas. The goal of the government and the FAO is to develop a family-based poultry industry that employs modern practices. The program will provide training and resources for feeding and care of poultry stock, vaccination against diseases, and general veterinary care.
“The goal of this government program is to develop the agricultural regions of the country. This agreement will have a positive impact in rural areas, by supporting the work of its people,” said Miguel Oyono Ndong Mifumu, Agriculture Minister of Equatorial Guinea.
Equatorial Guinea’s President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo announced on October 11 that his government had offered $30 million to the FAO to assist African countries with food shortages and improve food security across the continent. The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent.