The World Food

Programme (WFP)

Who we are

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. On average, WFP reaches more than 90 million people with food assistance in 70 countries each year. Some 13,500 people work for the organization worldwide, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor. As the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against hunger, WFP is continually responding to emergencies, saving lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters by getting food to the hungry fast. Established in 1961, WFP is voluntarily funded and pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. After the cause of an emergency has passed, WFP also works to help prevent hunger in the future, building long-term food security through programmes that use food as a means to build assets, spread knowledge and nurture stronger and more dynamic communities.

What we do

Since 2012, the focus of the WFP in Namibia has shifted from food assistance to provision of technical assistance aimed at strengthening government capacity to assess, plan and respond to food security needs in the country. In countries like Namibia which have well-established food safety net programmes, WFP’s role is not to deliver food assistance but to support governments in strengthening and implementing existing national hunger solutions. Here in Namibia, WFP provides technical assistance through two projects which are implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Office of the Prime Minister. Technical Assistance to the Namibian School Feeding Programme: In 2012, the MOE established a strategic partnership with WFP to strengthen the Namibian School Feeding Programme (NSFP). Technical support is focused on five main areas: i. Policy Guidance: providing policy advice/guidance on school feeding, supporting the development of a national school feeding policy and promoting quality standards and procedures in the school feeding programme; ii. Knowledge Generation and Management:  strengthening the evidence base on school feeding through research, studies and assessments; iii. Strengthening Monitoring Systems: supporting the development and implementation of systems for monitoring the impact of school feeding; iv. Programme Support: providing sustained support during programme implementation; v. Capacity Building: strengthening government capacity to manage and implement an effective school feeding programme.



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Mr. Bai Mankay Sankoh

WFP Country Director

Mr.   Bai   Mankay   Sankoh   is   currently   serving as   the   Country   Director   and   Representative of   the   World   Food   Programme   in   Namibia as    of    August    2017.    He    has    spent    his professional      career      working      in      the international      humanitarian      development field.   He   joined   the   United   Nations   World Food    Programme    –    the    world’s    largest humanitarian      agency      fighting      hunger worldwide   -   in   2001   as   a   consultant   in   WFP Rome   Italy.   During   his   four   years   in   Rome, he   provided   policy   and   technical   advice   to the    Chief    of    School    Feeding    Unit    on    all matters    related    to    the    implementation    of school       meals       programmes       for       80 Countries.
Technical Assistance to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM): In 2012, a strategic partnership was established between OPM and WFP to strengthen government capacity to assess, plan and respond to emergency food needs resulting from natural disasters and other shocks. Technical support is provided in five broad areas: i. Food Security Monitoring and Analysis: enhancing the food security and vulnerability analysis capabilities of relevant government institutions; ii. Systems strengthening: supporting government to strengthen systems for food commodity management and tracking; iii. Logistics Supply Chain Management: strengthening logistics capacity including warehouse management during emergency response; iv. Programme Support: supporting monitoring of food based programmes and sharing information on food assistance programming; v. Capacity Building: training relevant food security actors on Emergency Food Security Assessment, logistics and warehouse management and facilitating knowledge sharing, peer learning and good practices.
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By Victoria Kamara

“School feeding is a great tool to encourage education and provide food aid to children born into extremely impoverished situations. The kids in school being fed are empowered by their school meal to learn and better their lives!" Lauren Bush. Feeding dreams: Learners of Hillside Primary School performing a play on the benefits of the school feeding programme during the Africa Day for School Feeding celebration.
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Cabinet approves the Zero Hunger Road Map

Prime Minister of Namibia, Dr. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila

The Government of Namibia recently approved the Zero Hunger Road Map during the first Cabinet session of 2017 which took place on 21 February 2017. The approval comes at the most opportune time when Namibia’s food security status is under threat due to harsh climatic conditions and cyclical natural disasters, especially droughts and floods. For example as a result of the El Niño-induced drought, thousands of livestock succumbed while crop production have been devastated, leaving more than 700,000 people food-insecure. A total 596,000 people are currently receiving food assistance from the government with more funding needed to meet increasing food and nutrition needs until March 2017. Currently, 42 percent of the population is undernourished.
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WFP Reassures its Commitment to End Hunger in Namibia

The World Food Programme (WFP) in Namibia is launching its five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP), which will guide the country office’s activities from 2017-2022. Its central focus will be supporting the Government of Namibia efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 especially through the vehicle of SDG 17, which promotes partnerships as a mechanism for progress in implementing the SDGs.
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WINDHOEK - The World Food Programme (WFP), in partnership with the Government of Namibia’s National Planning Commission, has launched its five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP). The CSP supports the Government in its drive to meet Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Zero Hunger. The aim is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture in Namibia by 2030.
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UNCT Feature: Jennifer Bitonde, WFP

July 2017: Ms. Jennifer Bitonde, Representative and Country Director for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Namibia, has contributed significantly in supporting the Government of the Republic of Namibia to address issues related to food and nutrition security and hunger. She began serving as Officer in Charge for WFP in 2011 and was appointed WFP Representative and Country Director in April 2015. During her tenure, WFP worked with UNHCR and the government of Namibia to organize and implement the repatriation of more than 4000 refugees back to Angola. Providing a repatriation package comprised of food and other essential items allowed many refugees to return home in dignity. The repatriation of Refugees marked the end of WFP’s involvement in direct programme delivery. WFP Namibia shifted its focus from food assistance to technical assistance, to strengthen food security analysis and the national food safety net programmes including the school meals and the national relief programmes. Supporting the government in the areas of policy and strategic guidance, systems strengthening, knowledge generation and management, capacity strengthening, and programme support, the following were achieved;
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Feeding dreams, one meal at a time

In the southern region of Namibia, the school feeding programme is helping vulnerable children to achieve their dreams, one meal at a time. Mariental: Nine year-old Frankilda Mwanbu dreams of saving lives when she grows up and hopes to become a doctor. “I want to study hard and become a doctor because by treating people I can make them happy,” says Frankilda from a town called Mariental in the Hardap Region, the southern part of Namibia.
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Strengthening the media abilities to effectively communicate

on food security and nutrition

Journalists demonstrated their commitment towards supporting zero hunger in Namibia. The World Food Programme (WFP) in Namibia in collaboration with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) organised a two-day training workshop on Food Security and Nutrition for the media, which was held on 26 -27 October 2017 at the United Nations House in Klein Windhoek, Windhoek Namibia.

WFP and Woolworths Namibia shared a meal with learners

of Otjomuise Primary School

Over the past 72 years, October 16 has been known across the globe as the World Food Day. This year Woolworths Namibia and the World Food Programme (WFP) took this day as an opportunity to prepare and share a meal with learners of Otjomuise Primary School.
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