13:15, October 09, 2010
About 36 joint projects totaling 3.7 million U.S. dollars to support
food security in the country are under implementation by the UN Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Cuban authorities, FAO
representative Marcio Porto said Friday.
Porto made the statements in a press conference marking the World Food
Day, saying that his agency supported the strategies of the Cuban
government to prevent anemia and to diversify food production.
He said that in the past 50 years the FAO had developed almost 200
projects in Cuba, with a valuation of some 60 million dollars, he said.
Meanwhile, Joseph A. Quintero, official from Cuba's foreign trade and
investment department, stressed the Cuba-FAO collaboration was launched
at a time when Cuban leader Raul Castro called for increasing food
production as a matter of "national security."
Cuba spends 1.5 billion dollars annually to import food.