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Strategic partnerships for sustainable development in Angola

Eni holds a webinar on the subject, hosted by ASviS.

by Eni Staff
20 November 2020
7 min read
by Eni Staff
20 November 2020
7 min read

As part of the Festival of Sustainable Development 2020, ASviS organised a series of webinars on the topic. One of these, titled "Eni and the Republic of Angola: strategic partnership for sustainable development", was led by Eni Angola on 8 October. Taking part in the discussions were Matteo Bacchini, Managing Director of Eni Angola, Cristiano Gallo, the Italian Ambassador to Angola, Tommaso de Pippo, Professor at the Catholic University of Angola, and representatives from the Angola National Oil, Gas and Biofuels Agency, and the Agronomic Research Institute of Angola.

Eni’s presentation focused on the company’s contribution towards the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #17 (Partnership for the goals), through a series of social projects supported by partnerships that the company has been implementing across the country in core sectors that include access to energy and water, health and agriculture.

The speakers’ contributions added further information on the subject, highlighting Eni's investments in the social sector in Angola. There was a special focus on the water sector and the next agricultural project to be carried out in Cabinda province under a Cooperation Agreement – a new partnership model that Eni is about to establish in Angola. To close-out the webinar, a video of the partnership of Eni in Angola and the HALO Trust was shown.

Eni's partnership with the Angolan Government for local development

On 13 November 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Rome between Eni and the Angolan Minister of Mineral Resources and Petroleum for the implementation of social projects to promote local development.
To support the implementation of these projects, Eni Angola also develops partnerships for sustainable development in line with SDG 17. At institutional level, cooperation agreements and MoUs are signed with governmental bodies. At implementing partner level, implementation contracts are awarded to NGOs, which also receive donations for their projects.[SN1]

 

Local and socio-economic development projects

The various initiatives for the growth of Angola and its socio-economic development include a series of projects touching on fundamental issues such as health, electrification of medical centres, quality of life and women's emancipation. The webinar took stock of the activities carried out and the results achieved over the years.

Social project for training health professionals

This project aimed to improve health indicators in the target area by training health workers and community figures in the province of LuandaSince 2014, more than 1,000 health workers in the area have received training. Four MoUs have also been signed between Eni Angola and the Kilamba Kiaxi municipal health office and four service contracts have been awarded to the NGO Divina Providência.

Social project for electrification of health centres

The aim of this social project was to contribute to the improvement of health indicators in the area wherethe project was activated. The whole project depends on the installation of PV systems in health centres in Luanda province. Three PV systems installed in the health centres of Kilunda (Funda), Kididi and Cabo Ledo (Belas). In addition to this partnership, Eni Angola has signed MoUs with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Energy and Water.

The Integrated Social Project

The Integrated Social Project has made it possible to contribute to improving the quality of life of communities in the areas covered by the project. This was achieved by installing solar panels and water systems, carrying out health and educational campaigns, and agricultural activities have been organised in Gambos (Huíla) and Bibala (Namibe). Eight PV systems and as many water systems have been installed, creating 26 fields and involving about 700 farmers. The partnership has led to an MoU between Eni Angola and the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Energy and Water, two service contracts awarded to the NGO ADPP, and an MoU between Eni Angola, USAID and ADPP.

The partnership with Halo Trust

The partnership with HALO Trust was launched to help with access to land and the emancipation of women in the areas covered. To achieve this objective, financial support was offered to the HALO Trust's "100 Women in Demining" project in Benguela. An area of over 85,000 square metres has been demined, with 108 mines deactivated. A school has also been built.

Cabinda: a region with agricultural potential

The webinar provided an opportunity to specifically analyse the project underway in the provinces of Cabinda and Luanda. As this is a pilot project, the municipalities of Cabinda and Cacongo in the province of Cabinda have been selected. In the province of Luanda, the work will take place in the municipalities of Icolo and Bengo.

The main aim of the initiative is to increase the yield of cassava, sweet potatoes, common beans, black-eyed bean and corn, to help guarantee household incomes and food security for the population, with a particular focus on improvements to the Agricultural Experiment Station in Cabinda (PDRC).

The PDRC is guided by a short-term strategy, aiming at the introductionproduction and dissemination of improved varieties of these crops and good cultural practices, integrated management of pests and diseases. This will lead to higher yields and greater agricultural productivity.

How agriculture in Cabinda has changed with the arrival of Covid-19

With the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, food imports have been significantly reduced and this has driven developing countries to improve and increase their agricultural structures. Angola is no exception. The participants at the webinar discussed the measures needed to improve the performance of the country's agriculture and enable it to produce the necessary raw materials.

During 2020, the local government has become increasingly aware of the importance of the agricultural sector in the country. This sector therefore deserves special attention, with the improvement of production techniques and education, as well as rural development programmes. The country continues to focus on the process of making good quality land and seeds available to farmers – a crucial factor in ensuring satisfactory crop production and productivity.

In most Angolan provinces, including Cabinda, cassava, sweet potatoes, corn, common beans and black-eyed beans are important crops. They are the main sources of carbohydrates and proteins and play a key role in ensuring food security and income generation in rural and urban areas. Despite the importance of these crops in the food system and in the livelihood of rural populations, research efforts and support for development are still inadequate, failing to avoid the devastating effects of pests and diseases in the region. 

This project aims to pay particular attention to the issue of healthy seeds and vegetative material, adoption and dissemination of improved varieties, integrated management of pests and diseases, as well as participatory research aimed at development, aiming to face the needs of communities throughout the productive chain of these cultures. This project is a response to the priorities of food security and generation of family income, and also aims to consolidate the agricultural research and education system of the provincial government of Cabinda.

Target groups and project beneficiaries

The direct beneficiaries of this project are MINAGRIP technicians, rural and suburban farmers, households of producers in the implementation areas, producers of seeds and vegetative propagating material, as well as young entrepreneurs and unemployed people, who will maintain the fields. Indirect beneficiaries of the project include members of the producers' households, stakeholders in the seed sector and the value chains of the chosen crops. As this work is mainly carried out by women, higher incomes will quickly translate into greater prosperity for families.

According to Eni estimates, the project will reach 150 family farmers, who are the direct beneficiaries of the agricultural support campaign, as well as 900 indirect beneficiaries2,000 young people temporarily employed in maintaining the project's activities. 50 technical staff from the IIA (International Institute of Agriculture), IDA (International Development Association) and university students will be trained. A network of 16 leading farmers in the region, young entrepreneurs and seed multipliers trained and qualified in good cultural practices and other agricultural topics.