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1.4 million Namibians projected to be food insecure

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A recent report on the drought situation reveals that approximately 1.4 million people, accounting for 48 percent of the total population, are expected to face food insecurity. 

Out of this number, only around 341,000 households are currently receiving food assistance through the nationwide drought relief programme. 

Out of the 341,855 households benefiting from the food assistance under the drought programme, 3,105 are marginalised households, and 1,835 are malnourished households.

Otavi residents receive drought relief food parcels

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Families residing in the peri-urban areas of Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region were pleased to receive food parcels from the Drought Relief Programme, expressing gratitude for not having to go to bed hungry any longer.

The 2022 Global Hunger Index suggests Namibia suffers from serious hunger levels, with the country ranked 78th out of 116 countries.

The government has made a concerted effort to assist the needy, including through its Drought Relief Programme, which delivered 20 kilogrammes of maize meal, cooking oil, and soya mince to residents of Otavi.

President Mbumba appeals for drought relief aid

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President Nangolo Mbumba says N$482 million more is needed for Namibia's Drought Relief Programme.

Owing to this shortfall, he appealed for assistance from SADC and bilateral and international stakeholders. 

Dr. Mbumba addressed the SADC extraordinary summit, which was convened virtually on Monday to discuss the El Niño-induced drought and floods in member states.

Namibia's drought relief programme is estimated to cost about N$1.3 billion, and so far, the government has allocated funding of N$825 million.

Kavango West leadership urges review of drought relief programme for livestock

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Kavango West regional leadership has called on the Disaster Risk Management Committee to look into the drought relief programme for livestock, as it disadvantages some communal farmers.

This leadership raised this during the visit of Deputy Prime Minister John Mutorwa to the region to familiarise himself with the drought relief programme on the regional level. 

The subsidy programme started last year in October, where the government would compensate 50% of the animal feed that the farmer purchases. 

Mutorwa happy with drought relief food distribution in Kavango West Region

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The Deputy Prime Minister, John Mutorwa, is pleased with the drought relief food distribution in the Kavango West Region.

Mutorwa embarked on a visit to all 14 regions to assess the distribution of drought relief aid. 

The Kavango West Region has eight constituencies with more than 27,000 people registered for drought assistance.

Only 2,000 households are benefiting from the programme. 

Four privately owned trucks distribute the food aid from one warehouse in the Kavango West region.

OPM to update Cabinet on drought relief programme

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The Office of the Prime Minister is expected to provide an update to the Cabinet on the drought relief programme next month.

This was confirmed by the Executive Director, I-Ben Nashandi, as Cabinet resumes in February.

The update to Cabinet would outline the progress and challenges in the implementation of the drought relief programme, barely four months after its roll-out.

The government initiated the programme late last year following a Livelihood Vulnerability Assessments and Analyses report that declared more than 600,000 households food insecure.

Omaheke, ||Kharas, Hardap regions to benefit from drought relief programme

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The Omaheke, ||Kharas, and Hardap regions will now benefit from the drought relief programme, effective from July 1st, 2023, to March 2024.

Currently, about 695,000 people are food insecure, and Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah appealed to officials to register only people who meet the criteria.

She said there are signs of people being registered when they do not qualify, a situation that might defeat the purpose.

Namibians urged to cooperate with drought relief programme officers

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Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has called on all citizens to cooperate with the drought relief programme implementing officers to ensure that the objectives of the programme are achieved.

The vulnerability assessment and analysis indicate that 695,000 people are in need of relief assistance.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says although the effects of drought are felt in all communities, targeted food assistance will be given to the neediest, who lack adequate coping measures.