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.

Outcome 1: By 2018, national authorities adopt improved agricultura development and FNS policies and laws.

Output 1: Agricultural and aquaculture development policies, laws and sector strategies mainstream FSN issues and international commitments.

Output 2: Capacity of national institutions providing agricultural statistics, and appraisal of evidence-based agricultural policies and programmes strengthened.

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. Under the Livestock component, it will strengthen capacity in animal production and health by training researchers, extension staff and farmers in animal breeding, nutrition and reproduction and training veterinary officials and community health workers in animal disease surveillance. In the aquaculture development area, it will enhance capacity of DoA staff in fish hatchery management, fish farm production management and integration of aquaculture with other on-farm activities.

Under the Land and Water Resources component, the focus will be on strengthening the capacity of MLR in land use planning and geospatial data management systems, designing and implementing a system of valuation of agricultural land and to support the implementation of the IWRM Plan. A particular emphasis will be put on the empowerment of women and youth in all activities.

Throughout, FAO support is requested in the form of secondment of experts who can provide staff on-the-job training, development of training packages (materials and methodologies) for training of extension staff and lead farmers and strengthening applied research.

Outcome 2: Government, relevant stakeholders and producers adopt sustainable production systems

Output 2.1: Institutional and individual (researchers, extensionists and farmers) capacities in the adoption of new agricultural practices for improved crop production.

Output 2.2: Strengthened capacity in livestock production and health.

Output 2.3: Capacity of MFMR in implementing the Aquaculture Master Plan enhanced.

Outcome 3: Strengthened governance for natural resources management.

Output 3.1: Strengthened capacity of GRN in land use planning and property valuation standards development.

Output 3.2: Capacity of staff in implementing IWRM Plan strengthened.

Output 3.3: Government capacity in de-bushing and rangeland management incentives strengthened.

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.

Outcome 4: Conducive agro-food chains developed for producers’ increased access to local and international markets with reduced food losses and waste.

Output 4.1: Strengthened capacity in postharvest handling and marketing of staple and horticulture products.

Output 4.2: Strengthened capacity in processing, value addition, marketing, safety standards and quality assurance of livestock and fish products.

Output 4.3: Public awareness and capacity of selected communities enhanced in value addition, quality assurance and marketing of forest products.

Priority area D: Improved preparedness to agricultural threats and crisis

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.

Outcome 5: Timely actions on potential, known and emerging threats on agriculture, food and nutrition implemented.

Output 5.1: Strengthened capacity of relevant stakeholders to deliver regular information and trigger timely actions against threats to agriculture, food and nutrition.

Output 5.2: Strengthened capacities of key stakeholders to apply prevention and mitigation measures to reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience of communities at risk of threats and crises.