United Nations World Food ProgramWFPIn collaboration with the African Ambassadors Group and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Brazil, it has recently launched an integrated community-based nutrition project in the Shoomke rural district of Otojozondjupa region.
The settlement, mainly occupied by the San community-indigenous groups, grew vegetables as a supplement to their traditional way of hunting and collecting wild plants. As of June 2021, 45 members of the community have grown tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, spinach, and pumpkins. Next to the clinic where pregnant and breastfeeding women receive health care and nutrition advice, the project will help local people get the nutrients they need for a balanced and healthy diet.
“The project will help bring food security to the country and provide a long way to achieve the second sustainable development goal of zero hunger by providing a variety of food baskets to meet the nutrition needs of the clinic, school and the local community,” he said. His Excellency Namibia Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-NdaitwahMirco).
The first raw materials and inputs for the project were donated in partnership with Standard Bank Namibia, Head of Mission of the African Group, for $ 9,600 ($ 146,000). The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Brazil has donated $ 100,000 (N 1.4 million) to expand the current project on fruits and vegetables and poultry.
“To address poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition, it is important to work socially and nationally for socio-economic and environmental impact,” said George Feda, director of Namibia. as a result, WFP Namibia aims to develop and develop sustainable food systems in all four (14) regions.
The approach to food systems is to enhance environmental sustainability, ensure economic and social cohesion for local participants, including smallholder farmers and women, reduce negative environmental impacts and build resilience to future climate disasters.
Tumuk is known as the capital of the San people in Namibia. San is known to be the oldest tribe in Africa and perhaps the oldest in the world. The project aims to empower the community in an effort to change the stigma and improve their lives.
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