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"Namibia Free of Hunger is our Vision. Feeding Namibia is our Mission"


HE Dr. Hage Geingob the President of the Republic of Namibia declared an all-out war against poverty and corruption. War against poverty means inter alia the creation of wealth.  The first step in the process of wealth creation is food production. As a response to the call of the President, the people in Kavango East Region decided to embark upon a program of food production.  This food production program is called “Operation Werengendje.” 

What is “Operation Werengendje”

"Ois a term coin for the program of food production that people in Kavango East Region intending to embarked upon. Literary translated “Operation Werengendje” means Operation Ants/Termites. Ants/Termites are hardworking insects that gather their food in summer.  The Wise King Solomon once said: “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” (Prov. 6:6).

On another occasion he said: “Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: Ants or Termites are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;” (Proverb 30:24).

Aims and Objectives:

  •  Production of enough food for the country
  • Reduction of hunger
  • Eradication of poverty
  • Food security
  • Contribution to HPP
  • Support the Government’s idea of National Strategic Food Reserve
  • Insure sustainable production of supply of staple food such as Mahangu
  • Restore of Human dignity

Target group for “Operation Werengendje”

  • Operation “Werengendje” seeks to target mainly Mahangu Farmers. As a strategy to the food security of our nation, Mahangu Farmers are encouraged to participate in this operation. This will ensure the sustainable production and supply of Mahangu which is consumed by more than 60% of our population.
  • The success of "Operation Werengendje" will immediately increase the yield and the quality of life of the people in the Region in particular and the country in general.  

Role Players or Stakeholders in "Operation Werengendje”

  •  Ministry of Agriculture (Green Schemes, AMTA, AgriBusDev)
  • Office of the Governor Kavango East Region
  • Kavango East Regional Council
  • Traditional Authorities
  • Churches Communities
  • Crop producing farmers (Mahangu Farmers)
  • Private Tractor Owners in the Region and beyond
  • Business Community in and outside the Region

Implementation Strategy

  • Identification of dedicated Mahangu Farmers
  • Identification of Tractor Owners in the Region
  • Identification of Government Tractors in The Region
  • Distribution of Tractors in all six (6) constituency


 “Operation Werengendje” is part of the implementation strategy of Harambee Prosperity Plan. It is open to everyone who believes that food sufficiency and food security is the foundation of self-reliance and economic emancipation. Everyone is invited to join the noble course of fighting hunger and poverty to make the HPP a reality.