The Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, the Niger and South Sudan are the African countries which will first benefit from the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund which is aimed at improving food security across the continent
The six countries last week signed agreements in Tunis, Tunisia, with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to receive $2 million each from the Fund.
“The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund shows that African countries are ready to step up and work with their neighbours to build a sustainable and food secure region, and to have the future we want,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, who encouraged other African Governments to join the effort and contribute to the Fund.
The agreements were signed during the FAO Regional Conference for Africa in the Tunisian capital, which opened Monday 24 March and concluded with a reaffirmation of its commitment to food security and sustainable development.
The contributions to the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund will be used to bolster a wide range of projects to improve food security, nutrition, agriculture and rural development.