Namibia needs to enhance stakeholder coordination to achieve Malabo Declaration targets

There is a pressing need for Namibia to enhance stakeholder coordination to effectively achieve the targets set in the Malabo Declaration by 2025.

Namibia has managed to meet the targets outlined in the Malabo Declaration on only one occasion so far.

These points were raised during a workshop organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform and the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa.

MAWLR and CCARDESA embark on three-day workshop

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform (MAWLR), in collaboration with the Centre for Coordination of Agriculture Research and Development (CCARDESA), embarked on a three-day training workshop on the Malabo Declaration Commitments on Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods and Knowledge Management.

MAWLR intervenes in Omatjete water crisis

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform has intervened in a water crisis at Omatjete that has been ongoing for years.

The Ministry will be sourcing water from a village near Omatjete to mitigate the ongoing shortage of water in the village.

Situated more than 200 km from Otjiwarongo, Omatjete Village has faced challenges in terms of water availability since even before independence.

About 15 years ago, the regional council installed boreholes and linked them to the reservoir to provide water to the community.

Orano Erongo Desalination Plant opens

Water scarcity continues to be a challenge in some parts of the Erongo Region, and Governor Neville Andre has urged the Orano Erongo Desalination Plant to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the government to help fight the water crisis in rural areas of the region.


Andre said this during the opening of the visitor centre at the Erongo Desalination Plant, 35 kilometres outside Swakopmund.


Neville Andre says there's nothing more essential to life on earth than water. Yet there's a global water crisis.


Uvhungu-Vhungu and Mutengo Mukuru now have clean water

Residents of Uvhungu-Vhungu and Mutengo Mukuru villages now have clean water following the drilling of boreholes in the area.

About a month ago, the nbc News team visited the village, and people were complaining that they had not seen visible development, particularly the provision of water, since independence.

They fetch water from the river at the same spot where they bathe and the cattle drink.

The Councillor of Rundu Rural, Paulus Mbangu, says the drilling of a borehole was delayed by hold-ups in the procurement process.

Agriculture Ministry accused of abandoning MADI

The All People's Party (APP) Secretary General, Vincent Kanyetu, has accused the Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform of abandoning the Mashare Agriculture Development Institute (MADI).

Kanyetu says the institute was a hub of research and innovation in its heyday and lived up to its mandate of developing agriculture in the Kavango regions.

The APP leader visited the institute to familiarise himself with the situation after allegedly receiving information that research activities were at a halt.

Government called to address water crisis at Iiyekeya

Iiyekeya villagers in Omusati's Otamanzi Constituency are calling on the government to urgently address a severe water shortage in their village.

Over the years, the community consumed salty and dirty water from wells that are not fit for human consumption. 
Some of the villagers say they wake up as early as four o'clock in the morning in search of water at community water points, only to return home with empty containers.

The only option then is to ask for water from neighbors or collect money to hire transport to fetch water for them.  

Mbangu requests for management review of multinational entities

The Rundu Rural Councillor Paulus Mbangu wants the management agreements of multinational entities reviewed to make sure that ordinary Namibians benefit.

This should especially look into the mining and agriculture sectors.

The councilor says it's every citizen's responsibility to ensure that Namibia is never recolonized again, both politically and economically or otherwise.

Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform embarks to reform a four piece legislation

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform has embarked on the revision of four pieces of legislation, that deal with the management of animal feed, plant quarantine, fertilizers, and pesticides.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation is advising the ministry to ensure that the regulations conform to international standards.

FAO Assistant Representative Ferdinand Mwapopi says Namibia, as a net exporter of especially of beef, cannot afford to lag behind in terms of food safety standards.