ACHIEVING zero hunger is not only about addressing hunger, but about also nourishing people, while nurturing the planet.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Executive Director Percy Misika said this year’s World Food Day commemoration calls for action across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets accessible and affordable to everyone.
It is one of the UN’s largest globally celebrated days and is commemorated annually in over 150 countries by governments and organisations concerned with food security.
Namibia will be commemorating world food day in Outapi Constituency at Olufuko Center, Omusati Region under the theme “Our actions are future Healthy diets for a zero hunger World.”
World Food Day marks the founding of the FAO on 16 October 1945, with the purpose of combatting world hunger and creating awareness about global food problems.
Misika noted that in order to combat world hunger and raising awareness on world food challenges, promoting unity and strengthening solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, is requesting Government Institutions and Private Sectors to join this year’s World Food Day Commemoration.
Minister of Agriculture Alpues !Naruseb said: “Climate change is upon us as we are experiencing unusually high temperatures, thus, high evaporation rates, adding that all of these challenges are threatening the country’s food security both at household and national level, the Strategic Food Reserves, as well as 70% of the population that depend directly and indirectly on agriculture.”
A report from Unifec Health and Nutrition states that malnutrition is widespread in Namibia with one in four children under five years short for their age and underweight.
Malnutrition in children under 6 months, a rare occurrence in a breastfeeding population, is also on the increase largely because of HIV/AIDS and inappropriate infant feeding practices.
Less than 25 percent of children under 5 years are exclusively breastfed and mixed feeding with complementary foods introduced as early as one month is common.