… As agriculture stakeholders gather in Kavango East
By Confidente Reporter
THE first-ever Food Namibia ConfEx, under the auspices of Operation Werengendje, will bring together stakeholders in government and the agro-food industries on 8 and 9 September in Rundu to discuss key issues related to agriculture and sustainable food production in Namibia.
The event will also celebrate this year’s good harvest, as a culmination of Operation Werengendje.
This public-private partnership initiative is organised by the Office of the Kavango East Governor in collaboration with Food Namibia, and will incorporate an exhibition and workshop sessions, under the theme ‘Food security for a healthy nation’.
The two-day event will be hosted at the Kavango Community Convention Centre in Rundu and is open to the general public.
Embassies from across the SADC region are also invited, with a business delegation from Zimbabwe having already confirmed its attendance.
If you are a farmer, retailer, wholesaler, distributor, or you are involved in agriculture or food production, Food Namibia is your ideal networking and exhibition platform.
The event will include lots of activities, including food stalls, traditional performances and a kiddies’ park. The exhibition will provide a unique business-to-business platform to showcase products and services in the local agriculture and food production industries.
The workshop sessions, which will take place on 8 September, will offer public and private sector roleplayers the opportunity to interact with each other, share their visions and discuss key issues concerning the future of food and agriculture industries in the country. Some of the topics under discussion will focus on Namibia’s poultry industry, access to agri-finance and tourism. The activities on 9 September will emphasise and celebrate the successes of Operation Werengendje, which literally translated means ‘Operation Termite’.
This relates to termites working hard to gather their food before winter. When the rainy season started late last year, the Office of the Kavango East Governor initiated and launched this food production operation and empowered people to plough their fields, by providing them with ploughing services and seeds, and ultimately assisted them with the harvesting of crops.
The Kavango East Region, with Rundu as its capital, has comparatively higher rainfall than most other parts of the country, which elevates its agriculture potential substantially.
Referred to as the food basket of Namibia, it includes up to five green schemes, and is considered to be one of the most important contributors, in terms of the country’s food security. At the launch of the crop production initiative late last year, Kavango East Governor, Dr Samuel Mbambo, noted that poverty eradication means the creation of wealth. The first step toward wealth creation is food production. As a region, blessed with a perennial river and fertile soil, the Kavango East region, under the guidance of Mbambo, decided to partake in the war against hunger, through food production.
The six constituencies who took part in this crop production initiative will use the Food Namibia platform to showcase their good harvest, with a prize being awarded to the constituency who produced the most crops.
Food Namibia is a private sector partnership between event management company Conference Link and Vitumbo Investments cc.
This pioneering event, the first of its kind in Namibia, focuses exclusively on the agro-food industry and will become an annual event that is expected to grow in stature every year.
To cultivate and stimulate an interest in crop production from a young age, Food Namibia will also introduce a social responsibility project that will encourage primary schools in the Kavango East region to produce their own vegetables and crops, in order to become self-sustainable.
So far seven schools have been identified to be part of this initiative.
For more information, interested parties contact Food Namibia on 061 251014 or visit its website at www.foodnamibia.com.na.
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