Agriculture plays crucial role in food security- Hinda-Mbuende 

The Deputy Minister of Finance and Public Enterprises, Maureen Hinda-Mbuende, emphasised the crucial role of agriculture in ensuring food sustainability, not only in Africa but also globally.

Speaking during the opening of the SADC Development Finance Institutions Chief Executive Officers Forum in Swakopmund, Hinda-Mbuende also stressed the need for cooperation among SADC countries to promote sustainable agricultural practises and enhance food production in the region.

Kangungu family calls on good Samaritans to assist them with food

The Kangungu family is calling on good Samaritans to assist them with food that they can use as they wait for the burial day, despite assurances from the government to assist with funeral arrangements.

The family from Kayova Village in the Ndiyona Constituency is not able to hold the funeral of the 15 family members by themselves.

Godfried Kangungu, the grandfather in the Kangungu family, states that they survive from hand to mouth, relying primarily on his old-age pension money.

VIPs at Independence celebration directed to buy own food

Namibian President Hage Geingob directed all VIPs to buy their own food following the Independence Day celebrations.

State House said the President's directive was informed by the attendance at the Independence Day celebrations and the significance of the day itself.

The organizers expected about 15,000 people, but it is estimated that more than 20,000 showed up to join in the festivities.

President Geingob made the impromptu decision and ordered about a thousand VIPs in attendance to cater for themselves.

Parliamentary Standing Committee bemoans bureaucracy on food security

Parliamentary Standing Committee bemoans bureaucracy in the country's efforts to ensure food security.

The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resources, Vincent Mareka says besides budgetary constraints, bureaucracy continues to hamper progress to attain food security in the country.

Vincent Mareka made these remarks during a visit by the Committee to the Hardap and ||Kharas regions on Namibia's readiness to mitigate food insecurity.

Insufficient rainfall causes worry about food insecurity in Oshana Region

Farmers in the Oshana Region are worried about food insecurity because some areas of the region are still flooded and crops have been submerged by water.

The opposite is that crops in some fields have begun to wilt due to insufficient rain.

It is a bitter blow for farmers at Onaushe village in Uuvudhiya Constituency.

This is the second year in a row that they have not received sufficient rainfall.

Some farmers at Onaushe are yet to see their crops germinate because they planted too late.

Deputy Minister Matundu says Africans can promote intra-continental trade if they work together

International Relations and Cooperation's Deputy Minister Jennelly Matundu says Africans can promote intra-continental trade and ensure food security if they all work together.

During virtual panel discussion on Cultivating Strategic Diplomacy, Matundu says Africa can achieve a lot if all member state rectify the Africa Continental Free Trade Area.

Young farmers urged to help reduce Namibia's dependence on food imports

The founder and executive chairman of Youth in Agriculture has urged Namibia to reduce its dependence on food imports by increasing its own food production.

Ndatulumukwa Haikali called for the transformation of the agriculture industry and for more youth to take an interest in food production.

Namibia imports most of what its people consume.

Haikali stresses that the perception that only elders and school dropouts are fit for agricultural production is wrong and defeats Namibia's dreams of food self-reliance.

World food prices fall for sixth straight months- UN

World food prices fell for the sixth month in a row in September, UN data showed Friday, as they continued to decline since a record was reached following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The Food and Agriculture Organization said its price index, which tracks the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities, averaged 136.3 points in September, a 1.1% drop from August.

The index, however, was 5.5% higher than in September 2021.

The monthly decline was driven by a "sharp fall" in the prices of vegetable oils, the United Nations agency said.

Payless shop in Rundu donates food and merchandise to Cocoma Primary School

A local shop in Rundu, Kavango East Region, donated food and merchandise to the Cocoma Primary School, located some 160 kilometres east of Rundu.

The donation follows a request by the school principal for assistance to the vulnerable children living in a deplorable hostel at the school.

The Kavango East Governor, Bonifastius Wakudumo, welcomed the donation on behalf of the beneficiaries and applauded the Payless Shop owner for her generosity.

The business, which opened in 2019, employs 12 locals.