By Benjamin Wickham
WINDHOEK, March 31 — The World Food Programme (WFP) is continuing its efforts to support sustainable food systems in Namibia, assisting communities across the country. As of February 2023, the WFP has assisted over 11,000 school children through its Home-Grown School Feeding Programme and over 1,400 beneficiaries through its Integrated Community-based Food Systems Projects.
Looking ahead, the WFP has identified net funding requirements of USD 2.6 million from March to August 2023 to continue its vital work.
In addition to providing direct assistance to communities, the WFP has been working to develop governance frameworks for its Integrated Community Food Systems Projects in the Hardap and Kharas regions. These frameworks are designed to improve operational efficiency, promote democratic participation and fairness, and delegate development and decision-making responsibilities to local communities.
By formalizing and adopting these frameworks, the WFP is helping to ensure that its projects are sustainable in the long term and will continue to benefit communities well into the future.
The WFP’s work in Namibia is crucial in addressing food insecurity and improving socio-economic outcomes in the country. With its focus on sustainable food systems and community involvement, the WFP is helping to establish a pathway for rural transformation and food self-reliance in Namibia.
However, the success of these efforts relies on continued support and funding. With its net funding requirements for the coming months identified, the WFP is calling on donors to support its efforts and help ensure a more sustainable future for communities across Namibia. – Namibia Daily News