Development need: 25% of Namibia's population is food insecure (II), including due to persistent drought situations (IV) and the country's farmers facing challenges to access affordable financing (V). SDG 2 on Zero Hunger is "stagnating" and faces "major challenges" in Namibia (I).
Policy priority: As captured in Namibia's 5th National Development Plan (NDP5), the Government seeks to transition from a provider of live animals to exporting value-added agricultural goods, and increase food and livestock production by 30% and 10% in 2022 (II). Although the agriculture sector only contributes 3-5% to GDP, it is a Government priority as it employs 23% of its population (III).
Gender inequalities and marginalization issues: The majority of the 167,242 jobs in Namibia's agriculture sector are within rural areas of the country. Only 21.1% of the workforce is female (III), signaling a major opportunity to provide additional income generation opportunities for women.
Investment opportunities introduction: Agriculture, among others, generates significant multipliers: an increase in final demand of NAD 1 million (USD 72,000) for traditional agriculture is likely to generate an output twice that value as well as GDP and income for roughly the same value (VI). This is expected to lead to the development of Namibia's economy and result in poverty alleviation (V).