Namibia: UN to help prisons grow food hydroponically

The Namibian Correctional Service has signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations World Food Program. The agreement aims to promote good agricultural practices.

During the signing ceremony, Raphael Hamunyela, commissioner-general of the NCS, said the agreement is crucial to meet their mandate of providing safe and secure custody to inmates, with the provision of food being a basic need.

He stated that signing the agreement cemented the relationship that has long existed between the two institutions. “The NCS and the WFP came a long way before signing this agreement as the World Food Program has assisted the NCS with expertise and material support on the Hydroponics Project at the Gobabis Correctional Facility, Windhoek Female Correctional Facility, and the Oluno Correctional Facility, which are some of our most successful food production projects to date”, said Hamunyela.

So far, the NCS and the WFP have agreed to start maize and wheat production at the Hardap Correctional Facility and a poultry farm at the Evaristus Shikongo Correctional Facility in the Oshikoto region. The WFP will also assist with the construction of a correctional facility in the Kunene region for food production purposes, as well as a hydroponics project at Walvis Bay.

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