SAN FRANCISCO, CA and SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA – August 22, 2023 – Got Produce Global Brands (GPG), the pioneering leader in privatized food security and supply chain solutions, announced today the historic signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). This landmark agreement marks a monumental step towards revolutionizing food systems on a global scale and underscores the commitment of both entities to address the critical challenges of food insecurity, sustainable development, and partnership-building.
As a leader in tackling food security from a private sector perspective Got Produce Global Brands has consistently demonstrated its dedication to building secure food systems for both private companies and countries. Through innovation, technology, and sustainable practices, GPG’s vision aligns with the principles of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDGs 2 and 17, which focus on ending hunger, fostering industry innovation, infrastructure development, and fostering partnerships.
The collaboration between Got Produce Global Brands and WFP showcases the strength of partnership across continents to achieve key mandates outlines:
Strengthening Food Systems in Namibia: aligning projects with Namibia’s National Development Plan and Agriculture Investment Plan, this joint effort aspires to conquer hunger and drive sustainable development.
Private Sector Partnership for Impact: the aim is to co-create and co-finance initiatives that channel socio-impact investments into enhancing marketing efficiency, establishing vital links between smallholder farmers and the value chain, and scaling up agricultural production.
Empowering Sustainable AgriTech-Centered Societies: through a convergence of humanity, technology, and environmental stewardship, this initiative aspires to foster economic growth, safety, efficiency, and sustainability within the realm of agriculture. The overarching goal is to shape a future where agricultural systems thrive, resilience is paramount, and the well-being of generations is safeguarded.
“WFP recognizes the importance of working with private sector partners to upscale diverse and nutritious local food production,” said Ericah Shafudah, WFP Deputy Country Director in Namibia. “This collaboration aims to provide opportunities for women and youth to acquire innovative agricultural skills and participate in climate smart agricultural practices. The focus is on ensuring food and nutrition security within households, while also generating positive social and economic impacts.”
The collaboration between Got Produce Global Brands and WFP is a call to action for multinational companies, countries, and forward-thinking entities to join hands in reshaping the future of food systems. Together, we can forge innovative pathways towards ending hunger, ensuring food security, and creating a more sustainable world.
GPG and WFP have immediate support for the initiative through local and global partners. Anietie “Nate” Udofia, Strategic Advisor & Director, Africa Affairs, Global Connective Center shares “We are thrilled and honored to see our partnership with GPG culminate in an important MOU with the United Nations, World Food program, which brings together a coalition of remarkable private and public-serving organizations in a transformative journey towards empowering communities and ensuring food safety and security across Africa and the World.
John F. Wharton, Major General, U.S. Army (Ret), Chairman and CEO of Global Connective Center, a strategic global partner to GPG, acclaims “Deborah Walliser is a Global Ambassador for food security with her work at Got Produce – she is transforming global food production as we know it with hydroponic farming- acting and executing – in any situation as needed.
The event was held at the Got Produce Global Ag-tech Innovation Center in Swakopmund Namibia. It was attended by the Honorable Mayor of Swakopmund, Dina Nanubes.
About Got Produce Global Brands:
Got Produce Global Brands is a US based public benefit corporation and pioneer in privatized food security and supply chain solutions. With a commitment to hydroponic innovation and sustainability, GPG is dedicated to creating secure food systems for private companies and countries, driving positive socio-economic outcomes globally. The Got Produce?® brand was created in 2010 and is run by hydroponic expert Deborah Walliser.
The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change.
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