Food Namibia to bring food producers, investors together

19 Feb 2017 16:10pm
RUNDU, 17 FEB (NAMPA) - The first-ever ‘Food Namibia Trade Expo and Conference’, which will address key issues concerning the future of agriculture and sustainable food production in Namibia, will be held at Rundu this year.
The event, taking place from 07 to 10 June, will be held under the theme ‘Food Security for a Healthy Nation’.
Food Namibia is a public-private partnership initiative that brings major stakeholders in government and food producers under one umbrella.
Director of Food Namibia, Manfried Likoro told Nampa recently the exhibition will provide a unique business-to-business platform to showcase products and services in the local agriculture and food production industries.
Exhibitors will also meet with retailers, wholesalers, distributors, investors and other professionals to discover new business opportunities.
“The conference will provide a platform for the public and private sector role players to interact with each other, share their vision and discuss key issues concerning the future of food and agriculture industries in the country,” he said.
The objective of the event, he indicated, is to showcase crop production and products in the Kavango East and West regions and Namibia in general.
The trade expo will also create awareness surrounding the agriculture and food production industries in Namibia, and provide a platform for networking.
Individuals, businesses, organisations, Government related institutions involved in agriculture and food production industries, small scale and commercial farmers of agricultural food products are all welcome to be part of the expo.
“Buyers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors, banking industries, financiers, investors as well as education and training institutions can also attend,” Likoro said.
Food Namibia will incorporate Operation Werengendje, an all-inclusive programme of food production initiated by the Kavango East Region last year.
Operation Werengendje is aimed at assisting and inspiring Kavango East residents to produce their own crops and become self-sufficient and ensure food security in the region.
An assessment published by the National Early Warning and Food Information Unit in May/June 2016, states that approximately 596 000 Namibians face hunger and are in dire need of food assistance.