More than 500 000 Namibians lifted out of severe poverty – Geingob

With overall poverty expected to increase by an estimated 4.2%, government is looking into a monthly cash transfer for marginalised communities as the first step to a conditional Basic Income Grant.

13 September 2021 | Local News

NAMPA







WINDHOEK

Since independence, given the comprehensive social safety net programmes, more than 500 000 Namibians have been lifted out of severe poverty, President Hage Geingob has said.

Geingob made these remarks during the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) Presidential 2021 Summit underway in Kenya, Nairobi, under the theme ‘Pathways to Recovery and Resilient Food Systems’, where heads of state and government drawn from the sub-Saharan Africa region have also reiterated their commitment to food security consensus as part of rampart recovery.

Geingob stated that during this administration’s first term in office, the food bank programme was rolled out across all regions, reaching 42 081 Namibians, while the drought relief Programme reached over 2.8 million Namibians cumulatively.

“During this period, no Namibian was reported to have died from hunger despite the country enduring one of the worst droughts in recent history,” Geingob added.

According to the October 2020 Socioeconomic Impact Assessment of Covid-19 in Namibia, overall poverty is expected to increase by an estimated 4.2% as a result of loss of income.

“We have thus responded by resolving to revise and convert the food bank and special feeding scheme for marginalised communities into a monthly cash transfer, as the first step to phase in a conditional Basic Income Grant,” he said.

Contributing to food security

To complement this social safety net programme, Geingob stated that Namibia will promote and facilitate the infusion of private strategic investments into the agricultural sector, noting that this ambition will contribute to the national goals of bolstering food security and self-sufficiency.

He said these schemes hold the potential to unlock the production of high-value crops and contribute to the export market demands while creating thousands of jobs.

“Namibia has established a green economic recovery plan as envisioned in June by African heads of state during the launch of the African Union Continental Green Recovery Action Plan. Our ambitious plans to develop a green and blue economy as articulated under the economic advancement pillar of our Harambee Prosperity Plan II is hinged on our ability to work with global and continental partners to capture our world-class renewable energy resource and utilise it to produce green hydrogen,” Geingob noted.

Fertile opportunity

According to the president, the emissions-free hydrogen will be converted into ammonia, which is a key building block for various fertiliser products. He said locally produced zero emissions fertiliser can be used to provide a fertile opportunity for local and regional sustainable economic development and will meaningfully contribute to a global effort to decarbonise economies while augmenting Africa’s ambitions to attain zero hunger.

“The new clean synthetic fuels industry has the potential to double our gross domestic product, create employment for thousands of Namibians and, importantly, contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable home for our children and our children’s children,” Geingob said.

Similar News

 

FNB dumps clients linked to Fishrot

1 day - 23 September 2021 | Local News

TUYEIMO HAIDULA OSHAKATI First National Bank (FNB) Namibia has decided to terminate...

City explains CEO interviews

1 day - 23 September 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKThe City of Windhoek says while it will allow members of the public access to portions of the interview process...

Rundu residents protest against Redforce

1 day - 23 September 2021 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe RUNDUHundreds of Rundu residents - led by the Rundu Community Association (RCA) - yesterday undertook a peaceful demonstration at...

Old police bakkie shines anew

1 day - 23 September 2021 | Local News

ERWIN LEUSCHNER SWAKOPMUNDIt looks like a brand-new police car, but the bakkie actually has more than 200 000 kilometers on the clock....

Genocide: Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar

2 days ago - 22 September 2021 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKNudo parliamentarian Joseph Kauandenge yesterday asked National Assembly Speaker Peter Katjavivi whether Parliament belongs to the people or to...

MTC shares now up for grabs

3 days ago - 21 September 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEK MTC this week kicked off its listing process, selling shares to members of the public for N$8.50 for a...

IPC to take unapologetic Ya Nangoloh to court

3 days ago - 21 September 2021 | Local News

Kenya Kambowe RUNDU The Independent Patriots for Change (IPC) says it will continue with a N$500 000...

Gobabis municipality suspends whistle-blower

3 days ago - 21 September 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEK The Gobabis town council has suspended executives-turned-whistle-blower Wynona Steyn for allegedly leaking information on irregularities relating to the suspension...

Questionable recruitment alleged at Mirco

3 days ago - 21 September 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKApplicants for junior foreign relations positions officers have taken issue with how a competence test was set up by the...

Rehoboth gives Chinese firm marching orders

3 days ago - 21 September 2021 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKThe Rehoboth town council says it will no longer go back...

Latest News

Marketing Namibia as an investment...

15 hours ago | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUThe ease of doing business, quality of roads and infrastructure, political and economic stability, good governance and judiciary independence are some of the factors...

Forklifting failure

15 hours ago | Others

Natasja ByleveldAre you OK thinking about unconventional ideas that could uplift society and norms to a higher standard? Do you like a challenge, or do...

Big thinker who is not...

15 hours ago | People

Contrasting with his considered, analytical, and steady approach to life, Rolf Mendelsohn is an undisputed adventurer. Together with the other founders of Paratus, Rolf...

Children abused as govt turns...

15 hours ago | Police

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKStaff at a centre for orphans and vulnerable people in Katutura...

Economy crawls into the green

15 hours ago | Economics

Jo-Maré Duddy WINDHOEKNamibia’s economy grew by 1.6% for the three months ended 30 June, the first positive year-on-year quarterly growth since the...

Oxygen giant spreads misinformation in...

15 hours ago | Health

MADLEN DAVIES and TUYEIMO HAIDULA LONDON/OSHAKATI One of the world’s biggest industrial gas companies spread misinformation in an attempt to stop...

Nigeria aims to boost oil...

15 hours ago | Economics

Nigeria said Wednesday it aims to produce 1.88 million barrels per day of crude oil next year and the budget will be based on the...

Submissions open for Hollard Sport...

15 hours ago | Economics

STAFF REPORTERLockdown and the limitations on gatherings and events have driven those in the sports marketing and promotional space to have to adapt, digitise, dig...

An easy ride-hailing platform

15 hours ago | Others

Wetumwene Shikage The everyday experience for many Namibians of getting a taxi to from different locations has been made more convenient. TaxiConnect provides an easy...

Load More