10 Mar 2018 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 10 MAR (NAMPA) - The Japanese government has donated 400 tonnes of wheat worth N.dollars 4.7 million to Namibia.
The wheat will be distributed in the Zambezi, Oshana, Omusati, Omaheke, Ohangwena and Hardap regions.
The donation emanates from the signing of letters of exchange between the two governments on 27 February 2017, during which the Japanese government committed to donating wheat to support Government's drought relief efforts.
Speaking at the handing over here on Friday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said Namibia is facing its most severe drought which has resulting in failing crops, dying livestock and acute water shortages over the past few years.
She said climate change has exacerbated the persistent drought and undermined food security.
Namibia on her part has undertaken ambitious domestic actions on climate change including mitigation and adaptation in surmounting the loses and damages arising from climate change-related natural disasters, such as the severe drought in our case, Nandi-Ndaitwah said.
Japans Ambassador to Namibia, Hideyuki Sakamoto said the food aid to Namibia is part of his countrys supports in tackling food insecurity in Namibia, as the country faces challenges caused by the nature of its environment.
As Japan is also prone to natural disasters, our support to Namibia in this field comes as a natural response in the spirit of solidarity, he said.
The ambassador also noted that his government has been providing technical cooperation to the various actors in the agricultural sector, particularly for the northern regions, in order to support food security for vulnerable Namibians.
Sakamoto also stated that the handing over was his last official act as Ambassador of Japan to Namibia as he is leaving the country in a few days.