Queen Máxima of the Netherlands concludes mission to Ethiopia and TanzaniaListen /
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands has underlined the critical role of financial services in boosting production for small holder farmers.
She commended Tanzanian authorities for the progress they have made in enabling citizens to have access to financial services.
The queen and three United Nations food agencies on Friday concluded a five day trip to Ethiopia and Tanzania to raise awareness of how access to financial services can help improve the lives and livelihoods of small holder farmers.
Queen Máxima, who is UN Secretary General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development says financial services are very important for food production, rural development and food security.
"Without financial services it would be very difficult for us to get for us to get definitely small holder farmers to do the investments that they need to actually increase their production, increase their livelihood, pass from being a subsistent farmer to an agriculture farmer and create food security not only for the region but also for the whole world."
In her five day mission to Ethiopia and Tanzania, Queen Máxima was accompanied by senior officials from the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Jocelyn Sambira, United Nations.