Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Policies

Cabinet Decision or Date/Year of Enactment Date of Review Name of Document Purpose/Rationale of Policy(ies)/ Strategies Supporting Documents

APRIL 2009

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The strategic approach is based on key principles and recommendations developed in the WSASP and also on lessons learnt from successful and unsuccessful sanitation projects in Namibia. The proposed approach for sanitation improvement in Namibia is based on the concept of Hygiene Framework and includes four main components


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The principles above form the foundation of the detailed policy which is divided into the following thematic areas:- Water Resources Assessment Principles; Shared Watercources Principles; Water Use and Conservation Principles; Economic and Financial Principles; Legislative and Regulatory Principles; Institutional and Community Participation Principles and Human Resources Development Principles,

December 2008

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To increase agriculture production and sector contribution to GDP; To promote investment in food production and agro industry; To mobilize private and public capital for investment in agriculture; To promote food security at national and household levels; To diversify agricultural production and products for the domestic and export markets; To promote research and adaptation of technology to increase productivity; To promote value addition and job creation; and To promote skills development and transfer of technology

July 2008

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To improve the provision of water supply in order to: • Contribute to improved public health; • Reduce the burden of collecting water; • Promote community based social development taking the role of women into special account; • Support basic water needs; • Stimulate economic development; and • Promote water conservation.

June 2005

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This policy addresses the challenges in the seed sector with respect to research and extension, seed imports, seed production, processing and quality control, marketing, distribution and strategic seed reserves, as well as the institutional and legal framework.

June 2011

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The forest research strategy document was formulated to address issues associated with sustainable forest management (SFM), chiefly the key drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, and core SFM issues such as natural and artificial regeneration (tree planting) of commercially exploited species. Linked to these is also the issue of value-addition to forest products, which is currently performing below its potential.

November 1997

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The eight objectives of the new drought policy are to: i. ensure that household food security is not compromised by drought; ii. encourage and support farmers to adopt self-reliant approaches to drought risk; iii. preserve adequate reproductive capacity in livestock herds in affected areas during drought periods; iv. ensure the continuous supply of potable water to communities, and particularly to their livestock, their schools and their clinics; v. minimise the degradation of the natural resource base during droughts; vi. enable rural inhabitants and the agricultural sector to recover quickly following drought; vii. ensure that the health status of all Namibians is not threatened by the effects of drought; viii. finance drought relief programmes efficiently and effectively by establishing an independent and permanent National Drought Fund

October 1995

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To help realize the national objectives of reviving and sustaining economic growth, creating employment opportunities, alleviating poverty and reducing inequalities in income, the National Agricultural Policy aims, within the limits set by the fragile ecosystem, to maintain or increase levels of agricultural productivity and to increase real farm incomes and national and household food security. The objectives of the National Agricultural Policy are to: 1. Achieve growth rates and stability in farm income, agricultural productivity and production levels that are higher than the population growth rate; 2. Ensure food security and improve nutritional status; 3. Create and sustain viable livelihood and employment opportunities in rural areas; 4. Improve the profitability of agriculture and increase investment in agriculture; 5. Contribute towards the improvement of the balance of payments; 6. Expand vertical integration and domestic value-added for agricultural products; 7. Improve the living standards of farmers and their families as well as farm workers; 8. Promote the sustainable utilization of the nation’s land and other natural resources’ and 9. Contribute to balanced rural and regional development based on comparative advantage.

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