MTC joins fight for zero hunger

Providing humanitarian and developmental assistance
MTC said it is committed to being a digital enabler of change and to improving the lives of customers through innovative digital solutions, even to the most remote areas of Namibia.
Elizabeth Joseph
MTC and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have signed a five-year memorandum of understanding to strengthen digital solutions in support of humanitarian programmes and food security in Namibia.

The agreement aims to improve and support programmes targeted at food systems infrastructure, rural transformation, human capital development and digital solutions.

The partnership involves long-term engagements to support the Namibian public sector by facilitating various innovations aligned to the WFP's goal to end hunger around the world.

According to Ericah Shafudah, WFP Namibia deputy country director, the programme’s mandate is to provide humanitarian and developmental assistance, and to assist nations to achieve zero hunger by 2030.

"We have to work with partners in numerous countries in saving and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve food and nutrition security," she said during the signing.

Expanding services

MTC said it is committed to being a digital enabler of change and to improving the lives of customers through innovative digital solutions, even to the most remote, rural areas of Namibia.

"Through this agreement, MTC is committed to driving an inclusive Namibian digital economy.

“It is imperative to bridge the digital divide by formulating smart strategic partnerships that will drive inclusivity and sustainability through rural transformation," MTC managing director, Licky Erastus, said.

The partnership’s outcomes will be seen in areas such as digital solutions for smallholder farmers, internships and capacity-building for youth and women, mobile financial services and precision and smart agriculture.

Leveraging tech

Shafudah added that it is critical to develop partnerships with like-minded institutions.

"Technology and digital transformation have become synonymous with our work and indeed the world we live in. As a result, WFP is constantly exploring ways to leverage technology to accelerate the drive towards food security.”

Some of the challenges experienced by smallholder farmers include access to markets, monitoring and evaluation, and supply chains, all of which can be addressed "effectively, and sustainably through technology”, she said.

"We see this agreement as a catalyst for developing cutting edge, tech-enabled solutions for food security, rural transformation and human capital development in Namibia."