Handover of Food Assistance under Japan-WFP-Namibia Trilateral Cooperation
On 26 June 2020, H.E. Hideaki Harada, Ambassador of Japan, together with Mr. Bai Mankay Sankoh, Country Director and Representative of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), handed over food assistance to Hon. Dr. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia, at the Office of the Prime Minister in Windhoek. The Government of Japan contributed an amount of USD 700,000 (equivalent to NAD 11.2 Million) under the trilateral cooperation project “Food and Nutrition Assistance to Drought Affected Populations in Namibia”. The project is to provide food assistance to 30,000 vulnerable people in the Kavango East and Kavango West regions – two regions most affected by the devastating drought in 2019 - .
H.E. Hideaki Harada commented on the great relationship between the two countries. “When Japan suffered extensive damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, Japan received heartfelt messages and great support from the Government and the people of Namibia. We never forget this wonderful history of the two countries. We are happy to be able to contribute in return to the serious drought support for the Namibian people this time”, noted the Ambassador.
Hon. Dr. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila appreciated the support from the Government and the people of Japan, noting that the project would strengthen food security and resilience in Namibia.
Following prolonged and recurrent droughts in Namibia, more families are becoming vulnerable to severe food insecurity. The most recent drought in 2019 was recorded as the worst in the last 35 years. This cooperation helps build the resilience of the identified vulnerable people, whilst meeting their immediate nutritional needs.