1/23 - Back in Windhoek

Our first full day back in Windhoek! It's quite a change being back in the city after a few days camping in Bwabwata, but one with much excitement as we are busy with many interviews and last minute meetings. This afternoon we had lunch with Katherine (Elon alum living in Namibia working at NUST). She has been an incredible support system for us here and we are so grateful for all that she has done. It is always so nice to see a familiar face when in a foreign place. After lunch we stopped by the American Cultural Center to say hello to Geneine, whom we will meet with tomorrow morning about going on Good Morning Namibia! After that, we had a quick stop back at the Box before we headed off for a meeting with Mr. Siyamba at AMTA, the Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency, one of the government agencies working to ensure food safety and security in Namibia. AMTA works closely with the Namibian Agronomic Board and Agribusdev, so getting Mr. Siyamba's insight and knowledge from a government perspective was hugely beneficial for our documentary. From what we gathered from our conversation with him, there seems to be a disconnect between local farmers and government initiatives when it comes to what's being done to combat food security. From the perspective of the local community, government initiatives aren't doing much because community members aren't necessarily interested in the process of implementing these policies, but are rather concerned with the benefits that will help reduce food insecurity directly. After having talked to Mr. Siyamba, it became much more clear that the government is doing much more than we previously understood, however, it is still in its initial stages. He stressed the importance of the quality of produce, and instead of rushing to develop expansively and quickly in which programs and policies that will only be a quick fix to the problem, AMTA is starting from square one and ensuring that they do it the best way possible in order to benefit the nation in the long term.