Created: Sat, 26 Oct 2013 11:17:00 EST
Updated: Sat, 26 Oct 2013 09:54:59 EST
ATLANTA (AP) - Agricultural experts from Georgia have inked a deal with the West African country of Gabon to help develop its tiny farming sector - a partnership that could lead to lucrative deals for state producers.
State officials say industry, government and academic leaders who visited Gabon were asked for help in training future farmers and in developing a food safety inspection program.
Georgia officials say the three-year deal reached last November furthers Gabon's goal of providing more of its own food and presents export opportunities for Georgia's food producers.
Oil-endowed Gabon has to import food for its 1.6 million people, but President Ali Bongo Ondimba says he wants to dramatically increase the country's agricultural production.