THE United States of America has increased its food assistance to Namibia through a US$1 million as contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP).
The contribution is equivalent to N$15 million and is an addition to the US$7.7 million in drought relief that was donated last month by U.S Ambassador Lisa Johnson.
Johnson’s announcement followed a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
“As the U.S. Ambassador to Namibia, I have heard many people tell me about the difficulties caused by the drought. In response, I have looked for every mechanism in the U.S. government to help. With today’s commitment of an additional US$1 million, I am very happy to say that the total U.S. commitment to food and drought assistance now equals US$ 8.7 million,” said Ambassador Johnson.
She added that the additional US$1 million was funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID): Office of Food for Peace and will be implemented by the United Nations World Food Programme.
“The resources will provide approximately 1,300 metric tons of locally and regionally procured food commodities to more than 44,000 Namibians. The US$8.7 million donation will help more than 150,000 vulnerable people in areas that are hardest hit by the drought,” she said.
Ambassador Johnson pointed out that U.S. agencies are working hard to get the food to the country and to the people in need as soon as possible.
“The United States is here to help Namibia, as a friend and partner,” she concluded.