JAPAN PROVIDES FOOD AID TO DROUGHT-HIT NAMIBIA

WINDHOEK, Namibia and Japan have signed an Exchange of Notes for food aid worth 4.7 million Namibian dollars (about 362,000 US dollars) to be used to combat the effects of climate change and assist drought-stricken areas in Namibia.

Japan pledged to donate wheat and rice to be distributed through the Directorate of Disaster and Risk Management (DDRM) in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Netumbo Nandi- Ndaitwah said Monday it was too early to tell if Namibia is out of the drought following recent rain during the mid-rainy season.

"It is still early to tell if we are out of the worse situation or are we still in, therefore I am not sure yet if our harvest will improve this year," said Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.

She said this donation comes at a good time when Namibia is still recovering from the severe scarcity of water over recent years caused by low rainfall.

Japanese Ambassador to Namibia Hideyuki Sakamoto said given the drought Namibia has been experiencing for the past three years and the worm outbreak in northern Namibia, this donation is an extension of their diplomatic relations.

"This food aid is Japan's additional support to the Namibian Government's efforts to fight against poverty?. "

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK