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 Monday, October 29, 2007

The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) last Friday launched a project aimed at helping farmers in Gabon diversify their incomes by developing and marketing new products from staple crops and by obtaining better access to value chains for products with significant market potential. The project aims to directly benefit 28,000 farmers, half of whom are women and a third young people.

Through training, farmer exchange visits and a new market information system, the project will also help farmersí organizations better defend the economic interests of their members and market their goods more efficiently, according to IFAD's press release.