ANGOLA – The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has established a partnership with the Angola Agriculture Association (AAPA) to broaden food safety, certification, and productivity training in the nation, in order to assist the growth and sustainability of the agribusiness sector in Angola and aid it in accessing new markets.
The cooperation is a component of IFC’s Growing Agriculture Supply (GAS) program in Angola, which works to improve local supply chains, advance food security, and foster the expansion of the agricultural industry.
The GAS initiative is jointly funded by the governments of Japan and the European Union.
“While financing is an extremely important instrument for the development of the sector in Angola, knowledge on the use of financial resources and project management is even more important,” said Wanderley Ribeiro, President of AAPA.
More than 80 members of AAPA, an industry group of large agribusiness enterprises and rural cooperatives, will receive training in the production of poultry, livestock, and fruit.
The training will assist Angolan farmers in raising production to fulfill local demand and export standards for Europe and other markets, as well as the globally renowned GlobalG.A.P. Certification and European Union organic standards.
“Food safety is an integral part of food production. Improved safety standards help ensure that what people consume has been produced safely and hygienically.
“This training, delivered at international standards, will help strengthen Angola’s agriculture sector and its local value chains, boosting its contribution to economic growth,” said Carlos Katsuya, IFC Representative and Head of Mission for Angola.
IFC recently inked similar food safety and productivity collaborations with Fazenda Maxi, a large fruit and vegetable retailer with an out-grower scheme, and Turiago Farm, the second-largest banana farm in Angola.
Enhancing food safety and productivity standards can assist boost exports and regional trade, promote food security in Africa, and make it more competitive.
IFC which is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets has been assisting businesses all around the world with sustainable business model adaptation and implementation for more than 15 years.
The Corporation’s clients have been able to satisfy the demands of local and international export markets, draw investments, expand sales, realize cost savings, and develop their brands thanks to improved food safety.