The Namibian Ports Authority on Tuesday, 05 October 2021 donated one hundred (100) ‘basic dry food’ parcels to the Governor’s office of the Erongo region in celebration of the upcoming World Food Commemoration Day scheduled to take place on 16 October 2021. The celebrations will take place at Utuseb under the theme “Our action, our future, better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life”.
The donation is a cooperative and robust action from the Ports Authority to collectively join hands with government’s efforts in reducing existing food gaps, protect and restore livelihoods within local communities.
The food parcels, which were received by Honourable Neville Andre, Governor of the Erongo region, are earmarked for a hundred (100) homes in seven (7) constituencies from Utuseb in the Walvis Bay Rural area. The recipients were identified by the Governor’s office after a poverty profiling exercise was carried out.
The World Food Day which was first commemorated in 1979, is celebrated annually with the aim of empowering all the elements of agri-food systems from farm to table and beyond in recognition of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Namport is committed to providing world-class port services to all seaborne trade through its excellent customer service, sustainable growth and social responsibility, to contribute to the transformation of Namibia as a logistics hub.
Speaking at the handover, Namport’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Andrew Kanime said, “Namport remains alive to the fact that it does not exist in isolation and cannot operate as an island of prosperity in an ocean of poverty as this would be a short lived success”.
The Namibian Ports Authority is aware of the role it needs to play which is informed by the national strategic imperatives, namely the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals known as SDG’s, Namibia’s Vision 2030, Namibia’s Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) and the Harambee Prosperity Plan.
Receiving the donation, Hon. Andre thanked Namport for its “continuous commitment to playing an active role in alleviating hunger amongst the nation’s communities”, and further called on other corporates to follow suit.
In continuous of playing its role of being an active corporate citizen, the entity founded its Namport Social Investment Fund in 2006, and has thus far invested more than N$35 million to improve the lives of Namibians across all 14 regions.
Namport remains steadfast to its values of being committed, connected and caring and pledges to support as far as resources permit to join hands with the Namibian government’s relentless efforts of ending hunger in Namibia.