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06 Feb 2018 description
report New Era

Windhoek-As livestock and crop farmers across Namibia fear another drought, the prospects for rain this week has improved, while the continuation of seasonal rainfall during February will be critical to crop development and production.

According to the UN’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network Report, a weakening of the suppressed convective weather pattern, and a return towards a more seasonably rainfall distribution throughout much of Southern Africa in early February could translate into widespread moderate to locally heavy precipitation over several anomalous dry regions.

26 Jan 2018 description
report New Era

Helvy Shaanika

Ongwediva-Good rains are expected over Southern Africa as from the beginning of February as the disruptive tropical cyclone, Ava, finally clears up from the Mozambican coast.

Initially weather forecasters had predicted normal to above normal rainfall for Namibia and other countries in the SADC region between January and March 2018.

25 Jan 2016 description

25/01/2016 - by the Climate Centre and Rosemary Nalisa, Namibia Red Cross Society

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) – a leading global provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity – Friday issued an Alert saying severe drought in Southern Africa is “expected to drive large food assistance needs” this year and next.

26 Mar 2014 description

A decrease in rainfall has been recorded over Southern Africa during the past week.

A favorable start of the March-May season has been observed over the Greater Horn of Africa.

21 Mar 2014 description


  • Heavy rains experienced in February and early March 2014

  • Floods cause devastation in several parts of the region

  • Cholera outbreak spread to more areas in Namibia

24 Feb 2014 description


Namibia has been experiencing a cholera outbreak in the northern regions since Nov 2013. A different strain of cholera was reported on 5 Feb 2014 in Katutura on the edge of Windhoek, where 32 cases have been recorded with 2 fatalities (Case Fatality Rate of 6.3%), as of 21 Feb 2014.

In the northern regions, 7 new cholera cases have been reported in Opuwo District, Kunene and 2 cases in Okahandja, with 1 fatality, bringing the national case fatality rate to 3.5% with a total of 546 cholera cases and 19 confirmed fatatlies nationally.

08 Jan 2014 description

Significantly heavy and well distributed rainfall fell across much of southern Africa, leading to an increased risk for flooding in the Caprivi Strip region, while alleviating many anomalously dry conditions further east.

1) Portions of Tanzania have experienced below average seasonal rainfall since late November. Poorly distributed rains since early December has led to developing dry conditions in the Morogoro and Pwani provinces further east. The anomalous dryness has already negatively impacted vegetation conditions in the region.

30 Nov 2013 description

Rainfall is erratic and below normal in areas with September/October onset


• The season began in several parts of the region, with below normal rainfall being received in the south-western and north-eastern parts of the region.

• While awaiting the onset of rains expected in November and December, dry conditions from the last two seasons have persisted in parts of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

04 Nov 2013 description

Dry conditions from past two seasons affecting water and pasture conditions


• The dry conditions of the last two seasons have resulted in a poor water situation and poor pasture conditions in parts of the region including Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Normal to above- normal rainfall will be required this season to offset these water deficits.

07 Aug 2013 description

Overview 2012/13 Crop Production Season

• Regional cereal harvest increased by 0.2% from 35.02 million tonnes in 2012 to 35.11 million tonnes in 2013 and is 5% above the five year average;

• Compared to 2012, all countries experienced an increase in cereal production except Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe;

• Production of non-cereal food crops (roots and tuber crops, bananas, plantains and pulses) continue to increase in Angola, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.

Key Findings:

01 Jul 2013 description
report CCCM Cluster


Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to share with you the third edition of the Global CCCM Cluster Newsletter.

This edition provides updates from our field operations and partners and also tracks the progress on our 18 month European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Directorate General (ECHO) funded capacity building project to strengthen CCCM's field response and coordination.

21 Apr 2009 description
map EARS
21 April 2009 - In Angola (-5%) and Zambia (-4%) the sorghum growing season has been dry up to now and local reductions to average yields are possible. Well above average sorghum yields are seen in Lesotho (+7%). Crop yield prospects are also normal to good in Botswana (-1%) and South-Africa (+1%).

 In Malawi, past 10 days some drought relief was seen. Still yield reductions are expected in many parts of the country although local differences are seen.

01 Apr 2009 description
map EARS
1 April 2009 - In Zambia the growing season has been dry up to now and reductions in yield of about -8% are expected. Above average maize yields are seen in Botswana (+5%) and Lesotho (+4%). In Swaziland (-1%) and South Africa (2%) normal national average yields are expected. Below average national yields of about -8% to -9% are seen in Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In Malawi, the Northern as well as the Southern Region have been dry since the start of the growing season and reduced yields of about -11% are forecasted.

05 Feb 2009 description
map EARS
5 February 2009 - In Malawi, Zambia and Swaziland the growing season has been dry up to now and reductions in yield up to -10% are expected. Above average maize yields are seen in Lesotho (+8%) and normal national yields in Botswana (2%) and South Africa (3%). Moderate dry conditions in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Angola could result in yield decreases that are about 5% lower than the 5 years average.
19 Apr 2007 description

By Tapiwa Gomo

The devastating floods that have been affecting the Caprivi area in Namibia have received very little media coverage. However, over 15 000 people are still in camps, while others are still in small 'islands' of land surrounded by water and still unreachable by road. They have been there for more than four weeks now and the Zambezi water is taking its time to recede.

On March 22, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched an appeal to help Namibia Red Cross society meet the emergency needs.

15 Jan 2007 description

global information and early warning system on food and agriculture (1)
(Regional Update as of 15 January 2007)

Mixed prospects for the 2007 cereal crops in Southern Africa