FAO in Namibia

Programmes in Namibia

Based on the challenges to food and nutrition security and agriculture in Namibia, as well as the comparative advantages of FAO, this section defines the priority areas of FAO intervention from 2014 to 2018 to support GRN in achieving its goals of improving food and nutrition security and agricultural development in this period. For each Priority Area, outcomes, outputs, indicators, means of verification and assumptions are detailed in the CPF Results Matrix in Annex 3.

Priority Area A: Enabling policy, legal and institutional environment for food and nutrition security and agricultural development

Under this pillar, FAO will support the GRN in the review of dated policy and legal frameworks (e.g. Agricultural Policy of 1995 and Cooperative Act (1996), development of new policy and legal frameworks (e.g. the Horticulture Policy) and preparation of policy implementation plans by providing technical assistance for agricultural policy development. It will also foster coordination between government agencies on FNS and agricultural development. Furthermore, FAO will strengthen the capacity of MAWF in information collection and analysis, and appraisal, monitoring and evaluation of agricultural policies and programmes.

Priority Area B: Sustainable agricultural production

GRN recognizes that the most effective way to reduce poverty and improve food security is to raise the productivity of its agricultural resources on which poor people depend for their livelihood. Under this pillar, FAO and GRN will focus on medium- and small-scale producers in the crop, horticulture, aquaculture and livestock sub-sectors to enhance their productive capacity. Under the Crop and Horticulture component, FAO will support GRN in the implementation of the Comprehensive Programme on Conservation Agriculture, strengthen the National Seed Production Syst2em, promote up-scaling of small-scale horticulture production and further develop rice production in Kavango and Caprivi Regions. 

Priority Area C: Linking farmers to markets

Under this pillar, FAO aims to support the increase of crop, horticultural and livestock producers’ equitable access to local and international markets. Cooperatives, AMTA staff, MAWF staff, entrepreneurs and traders will be trained in processing, value addition, marketing, applying safety and quality assurance standards of staple, horticultural, livestock, fish and forestry products.

Priority Area D: Improved preparedness to agricultural threats and crises

In order to support GRN timely actions on potential, known and emerging threats to agriculture, food and nutrition security, FAO will assist government to strengthen their capacity in delivering regular information on potential threats through the establishment of an Integrated Early Warning System, housed in the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management, and strengthen capacity in disaster preparedness through support to development of contingency plans at every administrative level.