Conference on women, agriculture and food security
A mini-conference focusing on issues such as roles of women as stakeholders in agriculture and producers of food, the importance of agriculture for the development of Africa in general and Namibia in particular has been held earlier this week. It focussed on how Namibia fares in the areas of women, agriculture and food security and many other issues. This conference also formed part of multiple events that are planned as part of the African Golden Jubilee Celebrations. In line with Pan-Africanism and the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Pan African Centre of Namibia (PACON) hosted the mini-conference on the topic “Women, Agriculture and Food Security”.
The director of ceremonies was Ambassador Selma Ashipala, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, attended by First Lady Madame Penehupifo Pohamba and many other dignitaries from various ministries, with welcoming remarks by Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
There was a panel discussion on agriculture and food security with various presentations by panelists such as H E Musinga Bandora, UNDP representative and UN Resident Coordinator, Hon. Jon Mutorwa, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Hon. Alpheus !Naruseb, Minister of Lands and Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Ambassador Leonard Iipumbu, CEO of Agribank, and Clara Bohitile, Namibian businesswoman, farmer and former deputy minister and member of parliament.
Another panel also had presentations on Women and the Pan-African Challenge. Mrs De Klerk, Executive Director of Women’s Action for Development (WAD), Hon Rosalia Nghidinwa, Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mrs Assetou Koite, President of the Pan-African Womens’ Organisation (PAWO) were the presenters of this panel. Closing remarks and hand over of Recognition Awards were done by the First Lady.