World Food Day celebrated in Erongo

Fighting hunger
Leandrea Louw
Walvis Bay • [email protected]

This year’s World Food Day (WFD) celebrations in Namibia are taking place in Utuseb, Walvis Bay on Saturday (16 October).

For the first time this national event which is normally hosted in all 14 regions, will be hosted only in the Erongo region and all the regional governors will attend.

The celebrations kick off with food parcels being handed over to households in the Utuseb area, followed by a march. Statements from various speakers including Erongo governor Neville Andre, and FAO representative in Namibia Farayi Zimudzi, are part of the celebrations. The keynote address will be delivered by Calle Schlettwein, minister of agriculture, water and land reform, who will also hand over agriculture inputs and implements to beneficiaries.

Utuseb is part of the rural constituency of Walvis Bay and is situated approximately 40km from the town.

Companies including Namport and Rossing, as well as government ministries and farmers, have so far donated N$300 000 worth of food towards the upcoming celebrations. This food will used to construct a mountain of food which will be unveiled during the celebrations. About 100 households in the seven constituencies of the region will also receive food parcels.

WFD is commemorated at a country level in one region on a rotational basis in Namibia. The ministry of agriculture is mandated to spearhead the preparation of the World Food Day celebration.
This year’s theme is “Our actions are our future. Better Production, Better Nutrition, a Better Environment and a Better Life”.

16 October was designated as the WFD by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945. The occasion is observed annually around the globe to highlight global efforts to combat world hunger and raise awareness on world food challenges, promoting unity and strengthening solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.