Otjozondjupa Region. Namibia

First community-based food systems project in Tsumkwe helps tackle food insecurity

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in conjunction with the African Group of Ambassadors and the Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil, recently launched an Integrated Community Based Food systems Project in the rural district of Tsumkwe, Otjozondjupa Region.

The settlement has been growing vegetables as a supplement to their traditional approach of surviving by hunting and gathering wild plants. Since June of this year, 45 community members have grown tomatoes, carrots, cabbages, spinach, and pumpkins. The project is set to help locals to have access to nutritious food necessary for a balanced and healthy diet.

“The project helps bring about food security in the country and will go a long way in realizing the second Sustainable Development Goal of attaining Zero Hunger while providing a diverse food basket to address nutritional requirements for the clinic, school and the local community,” Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (MIRCO), told africanews.com.

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