Annual Symposium

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The Bank of Namibia every year, since 1998, hosts a one-day Symposium. The aim of this Symposium is to bring together experts in the field of economics (internationally and locally) to exchange views on various issues pertaining to the Namibian economy. The theme for this year’s Annual Symposium is:


Theme:
Feeding Namibia: Agricultural Productivity and Industrialization

In Africa, most agricultural practices are still subsistence in their nature. Poor technology affects the whole production chain, including agro-processing. Lack of investment in agriculture result in poor productivity along the whole value chains. With erratic rainfall patterns, more frequent drought occurrences, Namibia’s population despite being small faces food insecurity and is vulnerable to food starvation. 
 
In the current policy and research environment, there is significant momentum behind developing and promoting the agricultural sector as a catalyst to industrialization. Developing industrial agri-businesses would raise productivity in the sector and ultimately support economic growth and structural transformation by enabling the labor force to move from the agriculture sector into manufacturing and services. Financing requirements for Namibian agriculture remain substantial. Important investments need to be targeted to water and irrigation and promotion of good agricultural practices. Investment in water harvesting techniques and irrigation is becoming ever so critical especially with climate change.
 
It is against this background that it is envisaged that the symposium will provide a platform to focus on the agricultural and industrial sector to address the eminent issue of food security in Namibia.
 
The following topics will be the heart of this year’s symposium:
 
Paper 1: Feeding Namibia: An Overview of Agricultural Productivity and Industrialisation 
 
Paper 2:  Agricultural Transformation in Namibia: Successes, Challenges and Policy Priorities
 
Paper 3: Promoting Inclusive Agro Allied Industrialisation: Water and Infrastructure
 
 
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