Namibia: Food Insecurity Emergency appeal n° MDRNA009 Operations update n° 1


Appeal History:

  • This Emergency Appeal was launched on 29 September 2015 CHF 950,205 to enable the IFRC to support the Namibian Red Cross Society (NRCS) to reach 11,500 drought affected people with a focus on interventions on the sectors of water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, food security, nutrition and livelihoods for seven months.

  • Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 100,137 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the national society to start up the operations by meeting immediate needs of affected people.

  • IFRC, on behalf of Namibia Red Cross would like to appeal to all donors to support the Appeal to enable the NS provide the needed support to the drought affected communities.

  • This update provides information regarding the first 12 days of the operation since the launch.


Namibia is currently experiencing chronic food insecurity, mostly affecting rural communities, as a result of drought due to an abnormally low rainfall patterns between October 2014 and February 2015 (the active rainfall period for commonly grown crops). In addition, the south and western parts of the country experienced abnormally prolonged dry spells (no rain recorded) between January and February 2015. Although some areas in the north recorded good rainfall, it caused localized floods and heavy rainfall washed away planted seeds, causing poor germination. These rains started late and there were no significant follow up rainfall to support agricultural production.

The Directorate of Disaster Risk Management in the Office of the Prime Minister indicate that the country is experiencing the worst crop performance in eighty years, and indicates that these extremely poor crop harvests are affecting in all dry land crop producing regions.