MAWF launches workshop to form agri-food sector strategy

13 Aug 2019 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 13 AUG (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) on Tuesday launched a consultative workshop aimed at building consensus around the formulation of an Agri-Food Sector Strategy in Namibia.
Addressing the two-day workshop Deputy Executive Director in the MAWF, Sophia Kasheeta said Namibia is one of the states that has to yet sign up for the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), a continental policy framework for agriculture transformation, wealth creation, food security and nutrition and economic growth and prosperity for all.
She explained that the formulation of the strategy comes after the ministry in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations initiated the process of designing the document.
MAWF hosted an AUC/NEPAD mission for initial discussions in February this year which were further elaborated during an informal brainstorming session in April this year.
“It is on this basis that the Namibian government through the MAWF has sought the assistance of AUC/NEPAD to take officials of the ministry through the process for formulating Namibia’s CAADP document as well as to develop the national agricultural investment policy,” she noted.
Kasheeta said that CAADP provides a set of principles and broadly defines strategies to help countries to critically review their situation and identify investment opportunities with optimal impacts and returns.
“CAADP is expected to enhance the commitment by all stakeholders in the agricultural sector to coordinate and integrate efforts for the transformation and growth of the sector,” she explained.
All stakeholders’ contributions will assist MAWF in developing practical and implementable strategies that once implemented result in efficient and effective delivery to the Namibian citizens and contribute to socio-economic enhancement.
The workshop is also attended by farmers and producers, commodity traders, academia, traditional leaders, development partners, the ministries of planning and finance and other relevant line ministries.