About 775,000 families in Angola have been receiving food aid and other types of assistance from the Executive, due to the drought that has affected fundamentally the country's southern region, revealed last Monday in Mbabane, Swaziland, the Angolan Agriculture minister, Afonso Pedro Canga.
The government official, who is part of the delegation that is attending the 36th Summit of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), said that as a result of the governmental assistance the situation of the population affected by the drought, mainly in the southern Cunene Province, has improved and is better than before.
He said it is necessary to continue to carry out actions with a view to creating a sustainable type of agriculture, making good use of the available resources.
In the summit, the Heads of State and Government will analyse issues like food and nutritional security in the southern Africa region, which affects about 49 million people.
According to minister Afonso Canga, who spoke to the Angolan press, the summit will take important measures and give instructions regarding the need for co-ordinated actions to help the population affected by the drought and develop projects intended to mitigate the situation.
He also reminded that scarcity of rain and prolonged droughts cause a decrease in agricultural production.
The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) is comprised of Angola, South Africa, Botswana, DR Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and The Seychelles.
Source: Angola Press Agency.