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Deputy Prime Minister warns against selling drought relief food

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Deputy Prime Minister John Mutorwa has warned those selling food meant for drought relief that such acts are tantamount to crime.

He also urged regional leaders to familiarise themselves with the operations of the Disaster Disaster Risk Management Programme and ensure that communities in need benefit from it.

Mutorwa made the remarks at Katima Mulilo while on a familiarisation visit to the region on the activities of the Disaster Risk Management Committee.

He witnessed many crop fields from which many people would have little or no harvest.

FAO supports Namibia's food security efforts with N$2.2 million donation

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The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) remains a dedicated partner for Namibia to ensure food security for all.

This commitment was reaffirmed at the handover of gardening tools and irrigation systems to 308 beneficiaries in the Ohangwena Region, valued at N$2.2 million.

FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture are the implementers of the project funded by the government of Japan.

N$25 million will cover four focal regions, namely Ohagwena, ||Kharas, Kavango West, and Zambwezi, to tackle climate-induced shocks.

Farmers advised to reduce their livestock to avoid losing them to dry season

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Namibian livestock farmers have been advised to reduce their livestock to avoid losing them to the foreseen dry season of the El Nino phenomenon.

The call was made by two of the country's biggest farmers' unions, the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) and the Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU).

The call for de-stocking comes after the UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) released a report forecasting the prevalence of the El Nino phenomenon, expected next month.

El Nino expected to return

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The global weather predictions are forecasting the return of the adverse climatic phenomenon, El Nino, as of June.

A media statement by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) says these forecasted extreme weather events pose a high risk to world food security.

These weather extremes, coupled with conflicts and economic shocks, will escalate food insecurity in many countries around the world.