African Group of Ambassadors in partnership with the Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil and the United Nations World Food Program recently launched an Integrated Community Based Food Systems Project in the rural district of Tsumkwe, Otjozondjupa Region.
The settlement, predominantly occupied by the San community- indigenous groups, have been growing vegetables as a supplement to their traditional approach of surviving by hunting antelopes and gathering wild plants. Since June 2021, 45 community members have grown tomatoes, carrots, cabbages, spinach, and pumpkins. The project, purposefully next to a clinic where pregnant and breast-feeding women receive access to health care and nutritional advice, helps local people to have access to nutritious food necessary for a balanced and healthy diet. “The project helps bring about food security in the country and will go a long way in realizing the second Sustainable Development Goal of attaining Zero Hunger while providing a diverse food basket to address nutritional requirements for the clinic, school and the local community,” said Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (MIRCO).
The initial raw materials and input to this project was purchased through a generous contribution of US$ 9600 (N$ 146,000) from the Africa Group Head of Mission in partnership with Standard Bank Namibia. The Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil contributed US$100,000 (N$1.4 million) for the expansion of the current project with a horticulture and poultry production.
“To address poverty, food and nutrition insecurity, it is important to work towards socio-economic and environmental outcomes at both community and national level,” said George Fedha, Namibia Country Director. As a result, WFP Namibia aims to enhance and develop sustainable food systems across all fourteen (14) Regions in Namibia. The food systems approach aims to enhance inclusiveness, ensuring economic and social inclusion for localized participants including smallholder farmers and women whilst minimizing negative environmental impacts and strengthening resilience against future climatic shocks. Tsumkwe is fondly known as the capital of the San people in Namibia. The San are known to be the oldest tribe in Africa and possibly the world’s most ancient race. The project is aimed to empower the community in effort to change their marginalized status and improve their livelihoods.
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