WINDHOEK, (Xinhua) --
Namibia is seeking to continue its cooperation
with China and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)
in promoting food security.
representative Babagana Ahamadu told Xinhua that given the
success of the first phase of the tripartite South-South
Cooperation (SSC) agreement, Namibia, through the Agricultural
ministry and the fisheries ministry have officially applied to
FAO for phase II of the SSC.
“By way of feedback
I am happy to report that all applications will be considered
towards the end of this month and that the outcome will be
communicated through diplomatic channels,” he told Xinhua.
In 2014 Namibia
officially signed the tripartite Agreement in on South-South
Cooperation (SSC) and it was formally incepted in April 2015
upon arrival of 15 Chinese experts, who were deployed in four
regions to work with their Namibian counterparts in the fields
of rice, gardening and husbandry.
During the two-year
period, 15 varieties of rice have been introduced to Namibia and
three will be selected to plant in the country in the future,
455 farmers and officials received training in various fields
and modern agricultural machinery has been introduced and
demonstrated in the country.
The project, which
will officially end in April, also brought about mutual sharing
and exchange of development solutions, including knowledge,
experiences, policies, good practices, technology and resources
over the two year period it was implemented.
Last week, Namibia
bade farewell to the 15 Chinese agriculture experts who were
part of the Agreement and the Minister of Agriculture, John
Mutorwa, hailed the project and said it had been successfully
implemented as it achieved its objectives.
of Agriculture Percy Misika said in an interview with Xinhua
said that as for future cooperation, discussions are underway
for Phase II of the SSC project between the Tripartite parties.
“No specific areas
have been decided upon yet as discussions are still in their
early stages. It is however anticipated that Phase II will build
on the excellent results obtained in Phase 1 particularly in
rice production,” he said.
said that, FAO stands ready to support Namibia’s efforts and
plans aimed at reducing poverty.
“SSC today plays a
greater role than ever before in the international development
cooperation landscape and innovation in the South is generating
new tools and partnerships for tackling issues of food
insecurity, poverty and sustainable development,” he said.