Mozambique pledges to help combat world hunger

(AGI) Rho, Sept 25 - Mozambique is to adopt the objectives ofthe Milan Charter which reflect its aim for a world free ofhunger, said Agriculture Minister Jose' Antonio Pachech onMozambique National Day at Expo 2015. The universal exposition"was a success, not just in terms of the quality and quantityof participants, but the legacy it will leave the planet, notleast the tools for combating world hunger," he said.Agriculture was "the fundamental basis for the socio-economicdevelopment of Mozambique" and therefore "the government willincrease public and private investment in the sector, geared toincreasing

(AGI) Rho, Sept 25 - Mozambique is to adopt the objectives ofthe Milan Charter which reflect its aim for a world free ofhunger, said Agriculture Minister Jose' Antonio Pachech onMozambique National Day at Expo 2015. The universal exposition"was a success, not just in terms of the quality and quantityof participants, but the legacy it will leave the planet, notleast the tools for combating world hunger," he said.Agriculture was "the fundamental basis for the socio-economicdevelopment of Mozambique" and therefore "the government willincrease public and private investment in the sector, geared toincreasing productivity, jobs and family income". Mozambiquehas "made the fight against poverty and malnutrition itspriority aim, since agriculture plays a strategic role in thegrowth of the nation [despite] our significant mineralresources, such as coal and gas". These were the means of"acquiring money quickly for investment in rural developmentand thereby improving the economic conditions of the populationas a whole". Mozambique's presence at Expo 2015 also "aimed tobolster historic friendly and cooperative relations with Italy,which is a European sister country [because of] the role Italyplayed in the national peace process which culminated in theRome agreements of 1992", and ended a lengthy and bloody civilwar. Italian Foreign Minister Benedetto Della Vedova said therewas a "deep and consolidated spirit of friendship" between thecountries. The presence of Mozambique at Expo provided anopportunity to strengthen further the excellent bilateralrelations and renew cooperation between the complementaryeconomies. In Mozambique, he said, "30 Italian companies havealready been set up and our intention is to increase this".After the speeches there was a performance by the folk groupTimbila Orchestra Eduardo Durao, which accompanied the officialdelegations as they made their way to the Mozambique pavilion,250 square metres inside the Cereals and Tubers cluster. Therewas a demonstration of traditional cuisine, one of the mostfamous in Africa, partly because of the Portuguese influence, alegacy of a colonial period going back to the late 15thcentury. A conference on investment opportunities in Mozambiqueheard the country's economy is one of the fastest growing inAfrica, and rose an average 7.5 percent a year over the lastdecade. . .