Namibian mayors sign declaration to end hunger and malnutrition

Three-day workshop on food and nutrition security comes to successful close as leaders agree to drive urban agriculture

Windhoek, Namibia, 24 July 2014 – A declaration to end hunger in Namibia was adopted by mayors, policymakers, technicians, experts, and representatives of civil society organizations in Windhoek yesterday. The document promises a review of national policy and legal frameworks and a commitment to harmonize current efforts to tackling food and nutrition security. First concrete measures will oversee the establishment of Food Banks and greening the riverbeds in Windhoek.


Her Worship Cllr Agnes Kafula, Mayor of the City of Windhoek and Her Worship Cllr Uilika Nambahu, Mayor of Walvis Bay presenting the Recommendations/Final Declaration

Now, mayors and municipality will be working on implementing the agreed objectives.“We will be showing you the greatest political will this country has ever seen”, said Honourable Marco Hausiku, Deputy Prime Minister, at the closing ceremony of the workshop yesterday and thanked the World Future Council for facilitating this timely workshop. The organization had brought in experts from the Brazilian city Belo Horizonte, to share successful solutions on food and nutrition security.

In Windhoek, where the informal settlement population is growing at a rate of 4-5 percent each year, plans are already underway to turn neglected riverbeds into gardens, where the city’s most deprived citizens will be able to plant and harvest vegetables. The city had been struggling to provide residents with access to sufficient and healthy foods.

Click here for the declaration and full list of signatories.

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