NCAF workshop conducted
Sustainable food systems
15 October 2021 | Ministries
Mildred Kambinda; Deputy Executive Director; “Sustainable food systems bring together all actors involved in food systems…”
An estimated 50 stakeholders from various institutions attended the seventh National Conservation Agriculture Forum (NCAF) workshop which was conducted over two days in Swakopmund, under the theme “Promoting sustainable food systems and livelihoods”.
In her opening remarks, acting deputy executive director of the department of agriculture development (DAD) at the ministry of agriculture, Mildred Kambinda, said that conservation agriculture (CA) is among the smart agriculture practices contributing towards sustainable food systems. “Sustainable food systems brings together all actors involved in food systems along value chains to ensure food and nutritional security.”
The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MAWLR) with support from partners, developed and launched the Comprehensive Conservation Agriculture Programme (CCAP) 2015-2019.
This is a framework for the coordinated implementation of CA by all stakeholders in Namibia.
As part of the programme, stakeholders endorsed the proposed coordination mechanism, and resolved that a National CA Forum (NCAF) would be operationalized by 30 November 2015, and all Regional CA Forums (RCAF) would be institutionalized by 28 February 2016. Furthermore, it was endorsed that the MAWLR provides the secretariat and chairing of the CA coordination framework at National and Regional levels. The CCAP document includes the agreed plan with set outputs and activities the five-year period.
CA is highlighted in the 5th National Development Plan for Namibia (NDP 5): 2017-2022 and the MAWLR Strategic Plan 2017-2022, with 13 000 farmers being targeted to implement at least one of the following CA practices: Minimum tillage, crop rotation and organic soil cover.