Namibian food insecurity at 39 per cent: Mbangu

Food insecurity in Namibia is estimated at 39 per cent and poverty levels stand at 17 per cent.

This was revealed by National Planning Commission's (NPC)'s Chief National Development Advice, Sylvester Mbangu during the launch of the Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) Study on Namibia here on Thursday.

The study is aimed at estimating the social and economic impact of undernourishment of infants at the level of the health sector, education and labour productivity and the implications on the Namibian economy.

He said about 24 per cent of children in Namibia have stunted growth due to malnutrition.

Mbangu said the study would thus support national development priorities, to reduce malnutrition by 12 per cent and support Goal 2 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) which is targeted towards ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture.

The project is estimated to cost US.dollars 150 000 (N.dollars 2 206 500) and is expected to commence in October 2019 and run for a period of six to eight months.

COHA will be funded by the UN, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (Unicef) and National Crime Agency of the United Kingdom and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Namibia will provide human and technical capacity for the study and monetary support, however, the amount the country will commit for the project has not been specified.

Source: Namibia Press Agency