Kennedy Round: Japan gives Togo almost CFA2 billion worth of rice

Saturday, 13 August 2022 03:53
Kennedy Round: Japan gives Togo almost CFA2 billion worth of rice

(Togo First) - On August 11, 2022, Togo and Japan sealed a CFA1.75 billion financing deal that will benefit vulnerable people in the West African country. The agreement was signed by the Togolese Minister of Agriculture, Antoine Lekpa Gbégbéni, and the Japanese ambassador to Togo, Ikkatai Katsuya.

As part of the deal, which is part of the Kennedy Round Project, Togo will get white rice for vulnerable people. Katsuya said the support will help Togo cope with climate change’s impact on rice production, especially, and with economic disruptions spurred by the Covid pandemic.

Besides, the Japanese added that the facility would also back the Togolese government in its efforts to ensure food and nutritional security for its population.

For his part, the Togolese minister of agriculture, Antoine Gbégbéni, noted that thanks to revenues generated by selling some of the rice the country obtained from Japan, this year, under the KR project, “several projects included in the 2025 Togo government roadmap for agriculture have been financed.”

Indeed, so far this year, Togo received 6,000 tons of white rice (worth CFA3 billion) from Japan, under the Kennedy Round project. Early next year, Lomé expects another 2,700 tons of white rice, under the same project.

Esaïe Edoh 

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