Two cooperation agreements on the implementation of two projects were signed Monday in Tunis by Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, Mahmoud Elias Hamza and Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Tunisia Philippe Ankers.
“These two new projects are part of the “Cooperation Framework 2021-2025 of the United Nations System,” the FAO said in a statement.
The first project, supported by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), retains the FAO as partner in its implementation. Its results aim to improve food security and resilience to climate change, through devising a National Action Plan for the agricultural sector.
Different adaptation options related to water, land, crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry will be developed. This plan will focus on planning adaptation actions and clarifying the roles and contributions of stakeholders, including private sector partners.
The expected results of this project are: strengthening knowledge on climate change adaptation for informed decision making; supporting the resilience of the agricultural sector through climate-smart investments and public-private partnerships; implementing social protection plans for better adaptation in the most vulnerable rural communities; and innovation through new digital technologies.
As for the second project, it is supported by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, and it complements the activities previously carried out by FAO in partnership with the Tunisian government, to generate factual data on social protection in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
In its “SocPro4Fish” component to be implemented in Tunisia, the project will focus on improving access to social protection and aims at strengthening Tunisian institutional capacities to extend coverage and improve the quality of social benefits targeting fishermen and workers in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.