Millions for drought relief

Donations are pouring in to assist with drought-stricken, hungry citizens, now estimated to be more than 700 000 people.

18 September 2019 | Disasters

Countries are donating millions in aid to Namibia to assist the thousands of people that are in desperate need food assistance during the current drought.

The United States last week donated food aid and material support worth N$106 million.

Namibia is reeling from an El-Nino inflicted drought which has left farmers counting losses as both crops and livestock have been destroyed while more than 146 000 households are in need of food assistance until the next harvesting season.

This donation will provide food assistance consisting of more than 5 000 tonnes of food.

It will also provide some of Namibia's most vulnerable populations in the regions that are hardest hit by the drought with up to six months of food assistance and reach an estimated 110 000 Namibians.

The donation prioritises sourcing locally and from the regions as far as possible to reduce transportation costs and speed up delivery.

The donation was funded by the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

American ambassador Lisa Johnson said: “The drought has brought real hardship to Namibia and significantly impacted livelihoods. Many of Namibia's most vulnerable citizens do not have enough food to eat. I have heard this personally from many people as I have travelled around the country recently, including to Kunene, Omusati, Kavango, and Zambezi.”

This donation builds on approximately N$1.44 million the USA availed for drought assistance through the US Agency for International Development's Office for Disaster Assistance (OFDA) in May this year.

The embassy of the United Arab Emirates also last week donated goods worth N$639 975 to Namibia.

Among the donated items were sanitary pads and school shoes which will be shared among pupils of the Moses Garoëb and Kwakwas primary schools, as well as those of the Khomastura and Westmond high schools.

The donation also includes food hampers for the drought relief programme, as well as wheelchairs and cleaning products for medical care facilities.

The 2018/19 rainfall season has been extremely poor with unprecedented drought conditions which have affected the entire country resulting in agricultural production losses and water shortages for human, livestock and industrial use.

The revised crop estimates showed massive reductions in harvest with aggregate cereals at 61% lower than the last season's harvest, and 52% below the average production.

Many rain-fed crop producing farmers recorded a complete crop failure.

Household food security has weakened significantly.

According to a recent cabinet decision, a plan to implement short and long-term interventions of the 'Livelihood and Vulnerability Assessment Report' was approved in principle.

The implementation of these interventions has to undergo further review to determine cost implications.

According to the plan, which was submitted by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, 712 138 beneficiaries have been registered for food assistance. Initially, the disaster risk management plan, which was initiated under the Office of the Prime Minister after the country's severe drought was declared a state of emergency earlier this year, estimated that about 257 383 people would require food assistance.


Similar News


Over 60 000 livestock died of starvation

1 week ago - 04 October 2019 | Disasters

More than 60 000 livestock have succumbed to famine this year, agriculture minister Alpheus !Naruseb has said.!Naruseb announced the figure during a consultative meeting Prime...

Third of Namibians on drought aid

1 week ago - 03 October 2019 | Disasters

More than a third of the Namibian population is dependent on drought relief, which has prompted government to extend the state of emergency to March...

Hardap is running dry

1 week ago - 01 October 2019 | Disasters

Farmers in the Hardap Region have decided to cut back irrigation by 40% to save water in the Hardap Dam, which is now reaching crisis...

Call on govt to transport fodder

2 weeks ago - 30 September 2019 | Disasters

Despite various efforts by the government to assist livestock farmers with animal fodder as part of drought relief assistance, some farmers in the Kunene Region...

On their knees

3 weeks ago - 23 September 2019 | Disasters

Johanna Ndumba (79), who lives with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at Ngaramateya village in the Rundu Urban constituency is pleading for support, as they have...

N$6m for drought relief

3 weeks ago - 23 September 2019 | Disasters

The Meat Board of Namibia has donated N$6 million towards drought relief efforts in the country.The money will be used to assist with the marketing...

Millions for drought relief

3 weeks ago - 18 September 2019 | Disasters

Countries are donating millions in aid to Namibia to assist the thousands of people that are in desperate need food assistance during the current drought.The...

Windhoek's water situation dire

3 weeks ago - 17 September 2019 | Disasters

The City of Windhoek has issued an urgent warning to residents to reduce their water usage following the failure to meet the water consumption target....

Water crisis: residents respond

1 month - 05 September 2019 | Disasters

Over the past two weeks Windhoek residents continued a positive streak of consuming less water than the maximum target but City authorities warned that on...

90 000 livestock perish

1 month - 04 September 2019 | Disasters

It is estimated that nearly 90 000 livestock have already died from October 2018 to June this year due to the devastating drought that has...

Latest News

Amupanda KOs Doeseb

4 hours ago | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA - Namibian public figures had a chance to stretch their muscles after participating in the MTC Knockout Project at the Windhoek...

TransNamib gets N$2.5bn

4 hours ago | Transport

TransNamib CEO Johny Smith says Namibian and southern African development banks have approved funding of N$2.5 billion for the parastatal's ambitious business plan that was...

Crashes cost millions

4 hours ago | Accidents

Injury grants totalling more than N$21 million and funeral grants of N$2.5 million have been paid out by the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund in...

Nudo promises welfare state

4 hours ago | Politics

The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) promised a welfare state when it launched its election manifesto in the Havana informal settlement on Saturday.Addressing a crowd...

Every anti-GBV effort counts

4 hours ago | Opinion

The MTC Knockout Project held over the weekend was a huge success in many ways. Naysayers, spurred on by armchair critics, had a field day...

The Desert Dash is on

4 hours ago | Sports

The 20th edition of the Nedbank Desert Dash is set to take place in the first week of December. The event, which annually attracts...

Pack and leave

4 hours ago | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA I am writing this hoping that it will reach those that I believe do not have the interest...

Expired meds limit campaign

4 hours ago | Agriculture

Only some cattle in the northern communal areas will benefit from this year's free lung sickness vaccination.The agriculture ministry would neither confirm nor deny that...

PDM slams LPM's 'blatant lie'

4 hours ago | Politics

The secretary-general of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), Manuel Ngaringombe, has denied allegations that the party has struck a deal with Swapo to rig the...

Load More