Angola: ICRC on the alert to prevent food shortage
Under its agricultural assistance programme for 1996, the ICRC aims to support the production of subsistence crops so as to alleviate food shortages anticipated as a result of poor harvests. The ICRC survey also recommends long-term technical solutions for soil improvement, mechanization and large-scale food production, with a view to restoring the region's agricultural production to full capacity.
Targeted to vulnerable populations, the first seed distribution is scheduled for the July planting of irrigated land and is to benefit 75,000 families. A second distribution for the September planting of larger tracts of non-irrigated land will reach 60,000 families. During the past year, the ICRC has distributed 1,500 tonnes of seed to 172,000 families, within both government and UNITA-controlled areas.