ISLAMABAD - The European Union (EU) has pledged to finance a project worth 40 million euros for improving food security for over 1 million people of the most vulnerable and food-deficient areas of NWFP, Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan. The EU and Ministry of Food and Agriculture signed an agreement on Friday in this regard. The UNs Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will implement the project in association with the World Food Programme. Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture Nazar Mohammad Gondal, EU Ambassador to Pakistan Jan de Kok, FAO Representative Gamal Mohamed Ahmed and senior officials also present during signing of the agreement. Explaining the project, FAO Representative Mohamed Ahmed said that the assistance would play an important role towards enhancing the agriculture productivity in food deficient districts which was crucial for the sustainability of vulnerable rural households. He said that the project would focus on small household farmers and provide them quality agriculture inputs and training in improved agriculture technologies for increasing their productivity. The projects main activities would comprise free distribution of agricultural inputs, improvement in irrigation channels and water harvesting systems, reduction of post-harvest losses and strengthening of local institutional capacity, Ahmed said. The World Food Programme (WFP) would provide food as work assistance to approximately 83,000 households in the most food vulnerable areas. Minister for Food and Agriculture Nazar Mohammad Gondal in his closing remarks commended the investment of the international development partners, specially the EU for the development and sustainability of the agriculture sector. He said that the project would be a milestone in ensuring food security in the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. He also informed that the Ministry of Food and Agriculture was planning to start various development programmes with the help of international community for the development of the agricultural sector. The minister also underscored the importance of increasing investments, nationally and internationally, in enhancing agricultural outputs and rapid transfer of technology to small farmers for this purpose.