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WFP Namibia Country Brief, September 2023


In Numbers

Net Funding Requirements:

USD 5.5m (October 2023 – March 2024)

Total people assisted in September 2023: 13,187

Home-Grown School Feeding Programme: 11,730 school children

Integrated Community-based Food Systems Projects: 1,457 beneficiaries

Operational Updates

SADC Rural Innovation and Transformation Expo

The African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), in partnership with WFP and the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), recently organized a Rural Innovation and Transformation Expo (RITE) in Kinshasa, DRC. This event, held from 27-28 September 2023, served as a significant milestone in promoting innovative solutions in the agricultural sector. As a result, the country office (CO), with assistance from the regional bureau facilitated the participation of ten young Namibian innovators and entrepreneurs. The main objectives of the expo were to showcase these innovations, enhance their digital skills and exposure, provide access to finance, and offer mentorship opportunities. Three young innovators from Namibia were selected in the top 20, securing additional support for their projects.

School-Based Programming

The regional bureau school-based programming and evaluation units in collaboration with the WFP Malawi CO hosted the regional school-based programme (SBP) evidence symposium and workshop in Lilongwe, Malawi, from 25 – 28 September 2023. The theme was ‘School meal dynamics – successes, lessons, and opportunities to accelerate quality integrated school-based programmes in southern Africa.’ During this workshop, various COs got a chance to share experiences and challenges encountered during the implementation of school feeding programmes in their different countries.

The workshop provided a platform for different country offices to showcase their innovations around the monitoring of SFP. The Namibia country office showcased the recently launched Namibia school feeding information systems (NASIS), an online system aimed at enhancing monitoring, evaluation and reporting of school feeding.

Commodity and Beneficiaries Information Management System (CBIMS)

WFP deployed technical staff to the Office of the Prime Minister as part of capacity-strengthening support. These staff members supported community leadership mobilization, assessment of retailers, and registration of 1,200 vulnerable households, particularly those affected by Income Level: Upper–middle drought in the Oshana region.

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