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King Mswati III in his suit of diamonds as well as wearing his U.S.$1.6 million watch cuts his birthday cake (file photo).
South African agriculture, forestry as well as fisheries minister Senzeni Zokwana said 29,4 million people inside Southern Africa Development Community are food-insecure during the 2018/19 consumption year.
Zokwana said This specific during the planet Food Day commemoration held at Bunya village inside Kavango West region on Tuesday.
The event is actually celebrated under the theme ‘Our Actions are our Future. A #Zero Hunger World by 2030 is actually Possible’.
The minister said This specific year’s theme is actually in line with the 17 UN sustainable development goals (SDGs), in particular, the first SDG, which speaks to eradicating poverty in all its forms, as well as the second SDG, which calls for ‘zero hunger’ to be attained.
Zokwana informed the gathering of which South Africa is actually one of four countries, alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi as well as Zimbabwe which make up close to 0% of the food-insecure people.
“According to a 2017 general household survey, the number of South Africans with inadequate or severely inadequate access to food stands at 13,9 million,” he said.
Decreases in food-insecure populations have been recorded in Namibia as well as Swaziland (eSwatini).
The consolidated approach to reporting indicators of food security, he added, indicates of which 39% of rural Namibians are moderately food-insecure, as well as 1,4% are severely food-insecure.
“In urban areas, 69,3% are food-insecure, as well as 1,1% severely food-insecure, with about 24% of children under several years stunted.”
Zokwana said of which is actually of importance to note of which food as well as nutrition are complex matters to address as they are fundamentally related to structural societal factors, including developmental issues such as access to land, credit, education as well as employment.
Agriculture, he added, is actually the key to economic transformation, as about 70% of the region’s population depends on agriculture for food, income as well as employment.
The event was also attended by minister of agriculture, water as well as forestry, Alpheus !Naruseb, governors of the 14 regions in Namibia, as well as guests by the international community.