China will donate 4,000 tonnes of rice to drought-hit Namibia, following a rice donation to Zimbabwe as part of its rice aid to help tackle the continent’s food insecurity. The Chinese embassy to Namibia said the aid aims to help alleviate hunger that is staring down upon most of Namibia due to persistent drought over the past three years…Full Article: Xinhua Sept 2016

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  • In June 2016, Namibia’s President declared a state of emergency in the country over drought conditions.

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  • In September 2016, China donated 5,500 MTs (out of the promised 19,000 MTs) of rice to Zimbabwe. Of the 5,500 MTs of rice initially donated, Zimbabwe’s Health Ministry received 100 MTs and Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services received 50 MTs. Local orphanages and resting homes for the elderly were also slated to receive rice.
  • In mid-June 2016, representatives of Kopenhagen Fur (Danish fur breeders and auction house) and Chinese fur businesses met with the Swakara Board of Namibia in Windhoek to acquaint themselves with Namibia’s Swakara fur operations. Swakara pelts are obtained from Karakul sheep.
  • In late January 2016, Chinese officials from Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) inspected Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) facilities in Windhoek, central Namibia. After the visit, CNCA officials stated that Meatco still had to meet certain food safety criteria before exports can commence.
  • In August 2015, Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) signed an agreement on beef export protocols. As a result, Namibia could export frozen bone-in beef to China from MAWF certified abattoirs that are food-and-mouth free (historically) and whose cattle can be traced back its ranch of origin.
  • In March 2015, China donated 5,400 MTs of rice to Zimbabwe as food aid. According to Zimbabwe’s Public Service, Labor and Social Welfare Minister, 100 MTs of the Chinese rice was to be used to feed the country’s prison inmates.
  • In November 2014, Chinese-backed construction on the Hardap Inland Aquaculture Center began in Namibia. In April 2012, both countries agreed to build the center.
  • In April 2014, Hong Kong officials planned to inspect Namibian beef and antelope meat producers as a precursor to potential import approval. Namibia was not only looking to export high-end products such as steaks, but also low-end offal products.
  • In September 2013, Namibia’s Minister of Trade and Industry stated that Namibia and China could enter into joint ventures that focus on meat processing.
  • In 1990, China and Namibia established diplomatic ties.

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