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Friday, 22 June 2012

EU-FAO: Boosting agricultural sector in Swaziland

As smallholder agriculture is a critical lifeline of Swaziland’s majority rural population, the Government of Swaziland and FAO, with funding from the European Union (EU), work together to boost agricultural productivity, while at the same time reversing environmental degradation. The Swaziland Agricultural Development Project (SADP), a 5-years programme with €14.2 million by the EU  and € 341 000 by FAO, and which was established in 2009, revitalises agriculture and contributes to the creation of a vibrant commercial agricultural sector.
Unreliable rainfall, uncontrolled livestock grazing, not fully exploited crop rotations, the cost of inputs and the HIV/AIDS epidemic have led to falling yields for more than a decade. At the same time, food insecurity has risen dramatically, especially on the countryside.  It is estimated that almost 7 out of 10 persons live below the poverty line.

Source: FAO