Uukwiyuushona village in the Oshana region commemorated the World Food Day last Friday, 14 October 2022.
World food day is commemorated on the 16th of October every year with the objective to promote worldwide awareness and action for the elimination of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.
Part of that day’s program included 12 food parcels handed over to vulnerable households in the
constituency. Local agricultural producers were given a chance to showcase their products at the event. Some of them (farmers) also received a donation fortune of farming equipment worth one hundred thousand Namibian dollars(N$100 000).
In his speech read by Ndiyakupi Nghituwamata, the executive director at the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Schlettwein, said that the number of people that are unable to afford a healthy diet around the world rose from 112 million people to almost 3.1 in 2020, reflecting the impact of rising consumer food prices during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also highlighted that COVID-19, the Russia-Ukraine war, climate change and animal diseases are, but some of the factors disrupting supply chain which mostly affect low-income countries.
Namibia is a semi-arid country with minimal crop farming. The country depends on South Africa and other countries for food imports.