Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah on Monday received a donation of USD 100 000 (about N$1.4 million) from the Brazilian government aimed towards food security in Namibia.
Speaking during the official handover ceremony held in Windhoek, Nandi-Ndaitwah lauded the Brazilian government for the donation, saying in the attainment of the second Sustainable Development Goal on attaining zero hunger, Namibia is ready to work with partners like Brazil and the World Food Programme, who according to the minister, have both extensive experience in sustainably supporting communities to transform how food is produced and consumed.
“Agriculture is one of Namibia’s most important sectors and the majority of our population depends directly or indirectly on the agricultural sector for their livelihoods,” she said.
Nandi-Ndaitwah further said that by deriving optimal value from the local agricultural value chain, the country can strive towards agricultural self-sufficiency and build domestic resilience.
The minister commented on the selection of beneficiary regions, noting that during the selection process, consideration was given to demographic representation with projects in five regions in the country, namely; Hardap, Kunene, Omaheke, Ohangwena and Otjozondjupa.
Presenting the donation, Brazilian Ambassador to Namibia, Jose Andrade said in a demonstration of the importance attributed to Namibia, the Brazilian government is officially presenting its contribution to consolidating sustainable paths towards food security in Namibia.
This is the second donation made by the Brazilian government aimed at alleviating hunger, as in 2020, the same government donated 29 metric tons of ready-to-use supplementary food, which was earmarked to treat over 30 000 children and pregnant women with moderate malnutrition throughout the country.