WINDHOEK, Namibia, (Xinhua) --
Some 600,000 Namibians have either
received or will receive rice donated by China amid food
shortages as a result of three-year-old droughts in the country,
said a senior Chinese Embassy official on Tuesday.
Li Nan, charge
d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Windhoek, said China has
donated 4,000 metric tons of rice to the southwestern African
“All the rice has
been well received, transported and distributed smoothly.
than 595,000 beneficiaries living in the rural areas all over
the country have received or will receive the donation,” he
The rice arrived in
Namibia about two weeks ago.
At a handover ceremony, Chinese
Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming announced China’s pledge of
2,600 metric tons of rice in an additional donation.
WINDHOEK, (Xinhua) --
Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhang
Ming (L, front) and Namibian Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of International Relations and
Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah (R, front) attend
a handover ceremony of Chinese rice in Windhoek,
capital of Namibia, April 4, 2017. China on Tuesday
officially handed over 4,000 metric tonnes of rice
to Namibia in Windhoek as part of assistance towards
XINHUA PHOTO BY: WU CHANGWEI
China hands over 4,000 tonnes
of rice to Namibia
WINDHOEK, (Xinhua) --
China on Tuesday officially handed over 4,000
metric tonnes of rice to Namibia in Windhoek as part of
assistance towards drought relief.
The handover was
officiated by visiting Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhang
Ming and Namibian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
the drought in Namibia left more than 595,000 people directly or
indirectly affected and President Hage Geingob had declared the
drought a national emergency.
“This donation we
are witnessing is in fact a symbolic one as the large quantity
of food is already delivered to the regions and the intended
beneficiaries, which is the purpose of the donation,”
According to the
Deputy Prime Minister, Namibia’s resilience could be
strengthened through international cooperation, such as with
agricultural projects, and Namibia could learn from Chinese
expertise in order to become self-sustainable in food security.