China pledges 500 tonnes of rice towards Namibia's national drought relief programme

China pledges 500 tonnes of rice towards Namibia's national drought relief programme

The first batch of a consignment of rice from China will arrive at the Walvis Bay Port in mid-December.
Chinese Embassy Charge d Affaires, Wu Wei, says 450 000 kilogrammes of rice will initially be given to Namibia as part of China's pledge towards drought relief to Namibia.
In total, the Chinese Government has promised to deliver at least 3,6 million kilogrammes of rice over the next few months.
At the recent Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit in Johannesburg, Chinese President Xi Jinping raised concern about the devastating impact of the El Nino phenomenon on Africa.
Jinping pledged to provide at least 1 billion dollars to affected countries on the continent, in addition to a cash gift of 610 000 dollars towards the National Disaster Risk Emergency Fund.
Deputy Prime Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah acknowledged the assistance and warned that if resilience is not enhanced, climate change can threaten the attainment of Agenda 2030 goals set by the United Nations.
It is estimated that at least 600 000 people in Namibia face severe food shortage.
Those in remote areas are hit hardest, amidst a reduction in crop production and hundreds of livestock deaths during the current drought cycle.