Geingob: Food Bank to benefit rural areas too

20 Nov 2016 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 20 NOV (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob has assured the nation that while the food bank programme may only be workable in towns and cities, plans are underway to provide ploughing services to people who depend on land.
The Head of State made this announcement Sunday at a reception held by his office in honour and recognition of the Food Bank Street Committee members at State House.
The street committees register and distribute food to communities in seven of the 10 constituencies in the Khomas Region, who would otherwise have nothing to eat.
Geingob said the ploughing services Government envisions offering to people in rural areas will also include seeds.
He stressed that although the food bank can create dependency, Government will not give up in fighting poverty.
“Although Namibia is a peaceful country and with everything, poverty is still a factor and if it is a dream to eradicate poverty then I will dream it until a solution is found.
“As a country with resources and a smaller population, we are not saying everyone is going to have N.dollars 1 million in their pockets and so on or luxury buildings like these. No, we are saying decent shelter and food at least to eat; that we must fight for and we will achieve it.”
Also speaking at the event, Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Zephania Kameeta said since the start of the Food Bank Programme in May this year, over 22 000 households had been registered by the street committees to feed more than 122 000 beneficiaries.
There are over 200 street committee members operating in the Khomas Region before Government possibly expands the programme to all 14 regions.
Windhoek East and Windhoek West, he said, are two of three constituencies not covered by the Food Bank but his office is in close contact with the councillors of these constituencies where poverty is not as high as in others.
The third constituency not included in the programme, Kameeta said, is Windhoek Rural, because it is covered by the Drought Relief Programme from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
A street committee member from the Tobias Hainyeko Constituency, Nadia Gertze spoke on behalf of the committee members and expressed gratitude to Geingob for bringing hope to the nation.
“Many of our mothers and fathers now have something to eat at night. The streets are filled with hope for tomorrow and most children are going to school because of Harambee's food,” Gertze said.
The Food Bank was launched by Geingob as part of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) Goal Seven, which targets zero deaths due to hunger.