|ICRC Activities in Angola: 1993 - 28 January 2000 (International Committee of the Red Cross , 80 p.)|
30 August 1995
ICRC News 35
In September the ICRC will begin distributing seed to 150,000 families in the Huambo and Ganda regions of Angola. A preliminary round of distributions (mainly tomato, onion, cabbage and carrot seeds) was carried out in June, during the dry season, in valleys where there was still enough water.
The second series of distributions will begin just before the rainy season, this time involving legume, cereal, bean and peanut seeds. Weather permitting, the harvest early next year will produce enough food to enable almost 600,000 people to regain a measure of self-sufficiency.
The total cost of the programme, which is being carried out in cooperation with Angolan agronomists, will amount to three million US dollars.
An ICRC team set up this agricultural rehabilitation programme following a survey conducted earlier this year. Although the situation has improved since 1994, food shortages persist in several areas of the Planalto, partly because of military operations that took place during last years planting season.