HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 13 (ACN) Representatives of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board signed in Geneva, Switzerland, an agreement for the implementation of a first collaborative project with Cuban agriculture.
Pedro Luis Pedroso, Cuban permanent representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva, said on Twitter that the project is aimed at mitigating the effects of global warming on rural communities, which will benefit some 240,000 people.
The program is valued at 119 million dollars, 38.2 from the Fund and 81.7 from the Cuban government, which will benefit 52,000 farmers over seven years, according to FAO's office in Havana, one of the coordinating agencies of this initiative.
Maury Hechavarria, Cuban deputy minister of agriculture, told Prensa Latina that by introducing innovative methods and financial incentives it will be possible to preserve the ecosystem and increase productivity in seven of the country's municipalities that are vulnerable to climate change effects.
Meanwhile, Marcelo Resende, FAO representative to the Caribbean island, noted that the program is essentially designed to help agriculture adapt to global warming, and will therefore introduce innovative agro-forestry practices.
The Green Climate Fund was founded in 2003 and aims contributing to the conservation and sustainable management of natural resources and the environment through the implementation and management of strategic environmental development projects.