Namibians called to safeguard environment


The Environment, Forestry, and Tourism Minister has called on Namibians to safeguard the environment and avoid deforestation.

Pohamba Shifeta made these remarks during the commemoration of World Day to combat Desertification and Drought at Eenhana under the theme "United for Land. Our Legacy. Our Future".

The United Nations General Assembly had 29 years ago declared June 17 as World Day to combat desertification and drought. 

NWR keeps Fish River Canyon alive amidst drought


The manager of Ai Ais Resort in Fish River Canyon, Jaffeth Xoagub, has reassured hikers and visitors to the canyon that despite the low water levels, several water points have been set up to ensure an effective supply of water.

The Fish River Canyon is the second-largest fish river in the world. 

It is located in the south of Namibia and is the largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. 

Aminuis farmers affected by low livestock prices


Low prices of livestock at auctions are negatively affecting farmers in the Aminuis Constituency, threatening their livelihood.

The persistent drought has drastically caused a decline in livestock prices.

The spokesperson for farmers in the Aminus Constituency, Tiree Katjiuanjo, said it is high time that farmers themselves come up with strategies to remedy the situation.

One of the interventions is to destock to minimise the number of livestock per auction as well as improve quality.

Kunene farmers advised to destock to mitigate loss


Sesfontein Constituency Councillor and Chairperson of the Kunene Regional Council, Hendrik Gaobaeb, has urged farmers in his constituency to sell their cattle in a bid to mitigate the losses they currently experience as a result of the severe drought. 

Like many parts of Namibia, Sesfontein has been ravished by a severe drought that has seen the deaths of livestock by many communal farmers. 

He said even commercial farmers are financially crippled by the loss of livestock as a result of the drought. 

President Mbumba declares State of Emergency over drought


President Nangolo Mbumba has declared a State of Emergency over the persistent drought affecting all regions of Namibia.

The State of Emergency has been declared as of May 22 under Article 26(1) of the Namibian Constitution as well as the Disaster Risk Management Act.

More than 300,000 households are facing food insecurity and have registered for drought relief food.

The Drought Relief Programme is expected to cost about N$1.1 billion.

So far, the government has allocated N$825 million towards the programme.

Vice President urges unity in mitigating Namibia's severe drought


Namibia is faced with a severe drought again this year, affecting both humans and livestock.

It is against this background that Vice President Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah is calling on Namibians to work together with the government to manage and mitigate the effects of drought.

Nandi-Ndaitwah was speaking during a meeting with different traditional leaders and the community at Gam Settlement in the Otjozondjupa Region. 

The Vice President says the government will mobilise resources to see to it that those who are in need of food are assisted.

President Mbumba calls for unity amid drought


President Nangolo Mbumba has urged Namibians to share food and other basic amenities with others amidst the drought situation.

Dr. Mbumba made these remarks during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ondonga Heritage Shrine held in Ondonga village.

President Mbumba reiterated that the predicament that Namibia finds itself in is a challenge, especially for households with no sources of income and who solely depend on crops.

Poor rainfall experienced during the past rainy season has left little or no harvest for some households.

Drought and locust outbreaks negatively impacting smallholder farmers


Recurrent drought and locust outbreaks continue to impact smallholder farmers with agriculture-based livelihoods, making them vulnerable to food insecurity and undernutrition.

While nearly 70% of the Namibian population depends on agriculture, the 021 Integrated Food Security Phase Classification report indicated that 26% of Namibia's population faces acute food insecurity.

30% of the population faced acute food insecurity during the period from December 2021 to March 2022.