Cuba and IFAD Sign Agreement for Livestock Development

Rome, Jan 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) agreed a Project for the Development of Livestock Cooperatives in the Central-Eastern Region (Prodegan).

IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze and the Cuban Ambassador to Italy and Permanent Representative to the UN Bodies in Rome, Alba Soto, signed the document for project implementation, which will be conducted in four Camagüey’s municipalities, as to the diplomatic source.

Following this agreement, Nwanze highlighted the importance given by the Cuban government to investments in agriculture and the good progress for the cooperation between both parties.

He recalled his fruitful visit to Cuba in May 2015, and as a result of which he was able to note Cuba’s efforts to develop a more sustainable agriculture, as well as Cuban technical and professional staff.

Speaking to Prensa Latina, Kanayo spoke highly of Cuba’s ‘great potential’ for agriculture.

Soto stressed the importance of the financing agreement for strengthening cooperation bonds between Cuba and IFAD, while ratifying the political commitment of his country to fulfill the pledges acquired. Cuba, he said, considers IFAD as a key organization of the United Nations so as to support our government in entrenching a more sustainable agricultural development.

He added that this such a new project, along with another one already implemented for maize and bean outputs, Prodecor, ‘will be helping to scale up rural development and upgrade food safety’.

Prodegan is aiming at boosting the outputs of small farmers and milk-meat producers, increasing employment and cooperatives’ management and organization, laying stress on women and young people’s empowerment.

This project will benefit 34 thousand 500 people, members of 11 thousand 500 rural families, (working for 105 Credit and Service Cooperatives); Agricultural Productions; as well as Basic Units of Cooperative Production of Guáimaro, Sibanicú, Camagüey and Jimaguayú.

Plus, it will provide the chance of creating greater job opportunities for wage-earning workers and technicians, who work as service providers for livestock cooperatives and others associated with agro-industrial processing.

IFAD is a specialized agency of the United Nations founded in 1977 for agricultural development project financing, mainly for food production in developing countries.

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