Food insecure decline by 68%

12 July 2018 | Local News

The number of food insecure people in Namibia has decreased by 68%, compared to the 2017/18 consumption year.

The food insecure population for 2018/19 in the country stands at 257 383, having decreased from 798 384 in the previous year.

This is the lowest it has been in the past five years, with the food insecure population having stood at 778 504 in 2013/14.

The State of Food and Nutrition Insecurity and Vulnerability in Southern Africa report indicates that 39% of rural Namibians are moderately food insecure and 1.4% severely food insecure.

In urban areas, 69.3% are food insecure and 1.1% severely food insecure.

According to the report the number of food insecure people in SADC in the 2018/19 consumption year is 29 million people, representing 14% of the population.

This is 13% higher, compared to 2017/18.

“The increasing food insecure population reverses the improvement in 2017/18, when the number fell to 27 million from 38 million in 2016/2017,” the report says.

Over the past ten years, the food insecure population in the region has remained above 22.7 million.

The report says with increasing climate-induced shocks, there needs to be urgent action and sustained resilience building or the food insecure population is likely to grow.

“Southern Africa is prone to climate change and variability, which adversely affects the food security and the livelihood of the population.”

Between 2014 and 2016, the region suffered its worst drought in 35 years, caused by the El Niño phenomenon.

“Below normal rainfall was experienced over most of the country, although floods were recorded in northern Namibia. Being an arid country, most Namibians depend on markets for their food, and staple prices are increasing.”

The report notes that global models run by international climate forecasting institutions predict an El Niño phenomenon during the 2018/19 season.

El Niño has historically been associated with the more frequent occurrence of below average rainfall in the central and southern parts of the region, while the north-eastern parts have historically experienced a more frequent occurrence of above average rainfall during El Niño years.

The report stresses that considering the forecast of El Niño in the 2018/19 season, intensified preparatory interventions are needed that mitigate the potential impacts of mid-season dry spells on crop production, especially in areas traditionally affected by El Niño.

This may include, but is not limited to, the use of drought-tolerant crop varieties, the promotion of conservation agriculture and the installation and maintenance of irrigation equipment.

The report makes short, medium and long-term recommendations to address chronic food and nutrition insecurity and vulnerability, including building the resilience of people, communities and institutions to prevent, anticipate, prepare for, cope with, and recover from shocks.



ELLANIE SMIT

Similar News

 

Filth overwhelms Rundu

21 hours ago | Local News

The Kavango East Regional Youth Forum says Rundu's filthiness has led to a decline in tourists, while calling for serious intervention.No one, including the Rundu...

Kameeta a popile ombaanga yiikulya

21 hours ago | Local News

KENYA KAMBOWEKameeta okwa popi ngaaka oshiwike shapiti, pethimbo kwa tulwa miilonga pambelewa oshiyetwapo shombaanga yiikulya moRundu, moshitopolwa shakavango East.Minista okwa popi kutya aantu mboka haya...

Ondoolopa yaRundu oya nyata noonkondo

21 hours ago | Local News

KENYA KAMBOWEOngundu yoKavango East Regional Youth Forum oya popi kutya onyata mondoolopa yaRundu oya etitha eshuno pevi lyaatalelipo mondoolopa ndjoka, na oya pula opo ku...

Futeni omayakulo geni - Mbumba

1 day - 19 November 2018 | Local News

Omupeha presidende Nangolo Mbumba okwa pula oopoloyeka dhepangelo dhoGreen Scheme irrigation opo dhi fute omayakulo gadho pethimbo.Oopoloyeka dhimwe po ndhoka odha tetelwa ko olusheno omolwa...

Reho Spa transfer in high gear

4 days ago - 16 November 2018 | Local News

The ministry of environment and tourism has requested Treasury approval for returning the Reho Spa resort to the Rehoboth town council. According to the environment...

Water woes cripple Rundu

4 days ago - 16 November 2018 | Local News

The streets and pavements of Rundu have been transformed into unsightly and foul-smelling dumpsites because the town council has had to cut back on essential...

Earthquakes increase in north-western Namibia

4 days ago - 16 November 2018 | Local News

An earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter Scale, and lasting 10 seconds, happened 100 kilometres north-west of Kamanjab early on Wednesday.Although Namibia is generally not...

Namibia a zimine komilandu dhomukuli gwaChina monanguwi

4 days ago - 16 November 2018 | Local News

Oondokumende dhahololwa polweela oshowo oonkundathana dhopamakwatathano gomalungula kepandja lyoTwitter pokati kominista yemona Calle Schlettwein, ominista yoompangela dhopaliko Obeth Kandjoze oshowo Job Amupanda odha holola nkene...

Rundu water woes continue

5 days ago - 15 November 2018 | Local News

Despite a government/NamWater deal to supply uninterrupted water to about 90 000 residents at Rundu for the next three months, some areas are still experiencing...

Ondhalate yEtosha ya pumbwa okulongwa kobiliyona 1.8

5 days ago - 15 November 2018 | Local News

ELLANIE SMIT Olopota ya gandjwa koParliamentary Standing Committee on Natural Resources, ndjoka ya ningile omakonaakono oshikunino shiinamwenyo shEtosha pokati komasiku 27 gaMei sigo lyotango lyaJuni,...

Latest News

Everyone is struggling

21 hours ago | Social Issues

Poverty eradication minister Zephania Kameeta has slammed those who criticise the government's food bank initiative, saying even those critics with so-called good salaries are finding...

Kahimise, City showdown today

21 hours ago | Government

The Windhoek High Court is today set to hear arguments from twice-suspended Windhoek CEO Robert Kahimise, who is battling to be reinstated. Kahimise, who was...

China: ‘No developing country will...

21 hours ago | Economics

BEIJING - China's foreign ministry said on Sunday that no developing country would fall into a debt trap simply because of its cooperation with Beijing.Chinese...

Bitcoin sinks to new 13-month...

21 hours ago | Business

Bitcoin slumped to a new 13-month low on Monday, with the biggest cryptocurrency touching US$5 173.23 on the Bitstamp platform. Bitcoin was last down 5.2%...

A toast to success

21 hours ago | People

Tunohole Mungoba After completing her entrepreneurship and new venture management studies at the University of Namibia (Unam), 24-year-old Anna Shuuya started pondering different business ideas.I...

Huge wage bill unsustainable

21 hours ago | Columns

Bank of Namibia governor Iipumbu Shiimi has become the latest official to speak out against the rampant state wage bill, which currently stands at almost...

Date nights with yourself

21 hours ago | Opinion

Elizabeth JosephI know it sounds crazy; like who in their right mind would sit in a restaurant, order a three-course meal and eat it all...

Good Business

21 hours ago | Banking

The Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) held its annual Good Business Awards and Innovation Award ceremony in Windhoek on Thursday evening. The black-tie event saw...

Shack fires bring death, misery

21 hours ago | Accidents

Katrina Immanuel (9) and her brother Thomas (8) were burned beyond recognition after their shack caught fire during the early hours of Sunday morning at...

Load More