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.
Ms. Jennifer Bitonde is serving as Representative and Country Director for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Namibia since April 2015. Prior to her appointment she served as Officer in Charge of WFP in Namibia from 2011.She is responsible for providing leadership in defining and implementing WFP policies and strategies in Namibia, leading and guiding the transition from food based assistance to technical assistance to strengthen national food safety net programmes.
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.