Joint €2m agri-food Africa project welcomed

Thu, Mar 22, 2012, 00:00

THE AMBASSADORS to Ireland of two African countries have welcomed a pilot project that will see the Government provide €2 million to develop links between the agri-food sectors in Ireland and Africa in the next two years.

The Africa Agri-Food Development Fund is a joint pilot project of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Agriculture and Food. The departments will provide €1 million each in funding over the next two years.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said that, as part of the project, his department and Irish embassies across Africa would help identify and support investment and trade opportunities. “Irish companies are well placed to play a role in meeting Africa’s increasing food needs. Our agri-food industries have the skills and the vision to both trade and invest in Africa.”