Libya to provide $71 million to improve food security

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FAO Director-General Jose Graziano Da Silva (left) and Sulaiman Abdelhamed Boukharruba, Libya's Minister for Agriculture, sign agreement in Rome.

Libya and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have committed themselves to work together to improve food security in the country.

Under an agreement signed in Rome on Friday, the government of Libya is expected to provide $71 million to develop the country's agricultural sector.

Dianne Penn reports.

The agricultural projects to receive funding are aimed at helping farmers to improve plant production, animal health, pesticide management and seed development.

FAO says the projects will improve productivity while preserving natural resources such as water.

Beneficiaries will include farmers, herders, fishers and traders as well as their organizations and cooperatives.

Other projects will provide technical training to staff members of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Health and Marine Resources.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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