WFP Namibia Country Brief, July 2021


In Numbers

Net funding requirements:
US$ 4 m six-month (August 2021 – January 2022)

People assisted in July 2021 Cash Based Transfers: 1,775 households in Omusati Region

Community-based Livelihood Projects: 355 households benefitting from 3 community-based food systems projects, including 110 prisoners from the Windhoek Correctional Service.

Operational Updates

United Nations Food Systems Summit

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MAWLR) as the leading national convenor for the United Nations Food Systems Summit with support from WFP and FAO Namibia coordinated national dialogues on 29 July – 16 August. During the summit, the committees established a task force (the national Task Team and the Technical Task Force) to advance the national dialogues’ agenda.
These national dialogues aim at shaping and supporting the national pathways to sustainable food systems from a broad range of stakeholders whilst recommending game changing solutions. Additionally, the summit provides opportunities for stakeholders to engage in preparations for the Summit in September 2021 and contribute to the Namibian Food System Position Paper.

Fill the Nutrient Gap (FNG) Study

Building on the results of the previously held FNG virtual technical validation workshop, a final phase of the FNG process was held through a virtual workshop with representatives from ministries and the private sector to discuss the findings and develop recommendations for the final report. The FNG findings were divided into two thematic areas: a) Agricultural production, diversification, fortification, and private sector; and b) Vulnerabilities, health, social protection, and school feeding. Conclusively, the FNG study is currently undergoing finalization for a high-level launch in September.

Namibia Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP)

WFP with support from the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC) held a HGSFP Virtual Capacity Building Workshop for Regional Directors, Deputy Directors, School Inspectors, School Principals, the National School Feeding Programme (NSFP) focal persons and Head teachers for Mobile School Units in Kunene region. The presentations provided an overview on the HGSFP with orientations to school menus, HGSFP procurement guidance, HGSFP Funds utilization guidance, HGSFP Food Quality control, School health, Hygiene and Nutrition, HGSFP Monitoring,Evaluation and Reporting. Overall, the workshop aimed to capacitate the main actors/implementers on aspects pertaining to a successful HGSFP.