The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP,) in partnership with the African Group of Ambassadors and the Embassy of Brazil, recently launched an Integrated Community Based Food systems Project in Namibia, in the rural district of Tsumkwe, Otjozondjupa Region. The settlement has been growing vegetables as a supplement to their traditional approach of surviving by hunting antelopes and gathering wild plants. The project, purposefully next to a clinic where women who are pregnant and breast-feeding their babies have access to health and nutritional advice, helps local people to have access to nutritious food necessary for a balanced and healthy diet.
The Brazilian government donated US$100,000 for the expansion of the current project with a horticulture and poultry production. “To address poverty, food and nutrition insecurity, it is important to work towards socio-economic and environmental outcomes at both community and national level,” said George Fedha, WFP Namibia Country Director. As a result, WFP Namibia aims to enhance and develop sustainable food systems across all 14 regions in Namibia. The initial raw materials and input to this project was purchased through a contribution of US$ 9,600 from the Africa Group Head of Mission in partnership with Standard Bank Namibia. Find out more here.