WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.
What we do
WFP has shifted from operational support to technical assistance and capacity-strengthening with Government taking a leadership role and ownership of the programmes. The core of WFP’s strategy in Namibia is to strengthen government capacities to assess, plan and respond to food security needs and promote the achievement of zero hunger. WFP Namibia’s country strategic plan consolidates WFP’s role as a technical partner to the Government with a view to facilitating the development and transfer of knowledge and maintaining capacities to supplement government food security and nutrition programmes. The changes WFP aims to contribute to deliver on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2 and 17 include strengthening the management of the national emergency relief safety net programmes to effectively meet the food and nutrition needs of vulnerable people throughout the year. Government assessment and analysis capacity for improved policy and programme formulation. In Namibia, WFP will support work for the achievement of SDG targets 2.1 for food access and 17.9 for capacity strengthening through two strategic outcomes which include activities corresponding to government priorities.
These strategic outcomes are as follows:
Strategic outcome 1 (SO1): Vulnerable people in Namibia are enabled to meet their food and nutrition needs all year round. Strategic Outcome 2 (SO2): Government policy dialogue and programme design in Namibia are informed by enhanced evidence and knowledge of hunger issues throughout the NDP5 period.
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.
By providing technical support to the Government of Namibia, WFP will:1.Provide demand-driven support for the enhancement of national systems and programmes; 2.Generate evidence to inform policy dialogue and reform and programme design and implementation; 3.Support coordination and advocacy; 4.Promote and facilitate South–South and triangular cooperation; and 5.Strengthen individual capacities through training and other modalities. WFP will ensure that programme design for all strategic outcomes is nutrition-sensitive. It will adjust assessments and tools such as the food and nutrition security monitoring system to include nutrition information and will advocate for dietary diversity and nutrient-dense foods in government food assistance programmes. The ultimate objective of WFP’s work in Namibia is to enable national institutions to absorb sufficient capacity to take over from WFP in sustainably ending hunger and improving nutrition for every woman, man, girl and boy in Namibia.
“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.
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.
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.
THE NATIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION AND WORLD
LAUNCH COUNTRY STRATEGIC PLAN
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.
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;
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.
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.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Namibia a technical partner to the Ministry of Education Arts, and Culture (MoEAC) held a National Stakeholders Workshop on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for the Namibia School Feeding Programme (NSFP). The aim of the workshop was to review and validate the draft PPP strategy for school feeding as well as to discuss and gain consensus on the different roles the private and public sectors can play to foster a stronger partnership on school feeding.
Stakeholders join forces to eliminate hunger in schools
WFP and GRN to introduce SCOPE in Namibia
4-9 February, Zimbabwe: The World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare (MPESW) undertook a mission to Zimbabwe as part of WFP’s South-South Cooperation learning exchange to learn about SCOPE, WFP’s digital beneficiary and transfer management platform that supports programme intervention cycles from beginning to end.
NAM’s emergency preparedness and response strengthened
12-16 February, Otjiwarongo: UN Namibia, under the leadership of the UN Emergency and Humanitarian Focal Points (EHFPS), supported the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in organising and executing a workshop on emergency preparedness and re-sponse (EPR).
Biometric innovation for the Namibian Food Bank project
13 July, Windhoek: The World Food Programme (WFP) hosted a training on SCOPE from 9-13 July 2018 the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare (MPESW) staff members and the Namibian Food Bank Street committees.