Sustainable and circular bioeconomy for food systems transformation


Namibia is a net importer of goods. Mining, fisheries and agriculture are the pillars of Namibia’s small yet open economy. Over the years, the country has experienced severe drought affecting both the agricultural sector and the economy.

As part of the country's efforts towards economic transformation and advancement, sustainable bioeconomy has been part of national development plans, strategies and policies. These include:

The National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST), a coordinating agency under the Ministry of Higher Education, and FAO are working together to develop  Namibia’s Bioeconomy Strategy.

Inter-ministerial coordination has led to the identification of existing bioeconomy initiatives. This is a first step in the development of a country strategy, making it easier to identify and prioritize national objectives.

The comprehensive National Bioeconomy Strategy aims to present a crosscutting approach to addressing food insecurity, the impacts of climate change and natural resource scarcity.