Food poverty rate declines by 3,2 per cent

14 Dec 2017 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 NOV (NAMPA) – Food poverty has declined by 3,2 per cent over the last twelve years according to the latest overview of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) on poverty.
Speaking at the year-end review media conference here on Wednesday, Economic Adviser in the Office of the Presidency, John Steytler said the food poverty rate has gone down from the 9,0 per cent during the 2003/04 financial year to 5,8 per cent in the 2015/16 financial year. The overview also shows the trend of the decline with a rating of 7,3 per cent, which was recorded during the 2009/10 financial year.
Steytler stated that among initiatives taken via HPP to address food poverty in the country was the implementation of the food bank in Windhoek, which benefited 18 600 households since its inception, adding that this amount has since reduced to 15 700 households.
“The amount of individual beneficiaries from the food bank has also reduced from 80 000 to 69 000,” Steytler added.
With regards to social welfare, Steytler announced that the number of people receiving old age pension grants increased to 168 738 from 163 373 last year and the coverage rate stands at 99 per cent.
“The coverage for people receiving a disability grant is estimated to be at 78%, with an increase from 38 065 to 40 482 beneficiaries last year and grants to vulnerable children has also increased from 285 431 to 327 460 beneficiaries,” Steytler said.