Namibia

Namibia: Food Insecurity Emergency appeal n° MDRNA009 Operations update n° 2

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Appeal History:

  • This Emergency Appeal was launched on 30 September 2015, with an appeal budget of CHF 950,205 to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) support the Namibian Red Cross Society (NRCS) reach 11,500 drought affected people making interventions in the following sectors; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, food security, nutrition and livelihoods for seven months.

  • The Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 100,137 was allocated to support the National Society to start up the operations by meeting the immediate needs of the affected.

  • The IFRC on behalf of NRCS would like to appeal to all distinguished donors to support the Appeal to enable NRCS provide the needed support to the drought affected communities.

  • This update provides information regarding the first 25 days of the operation after the launch.

Summary:

Namibia is currently experiencing chronic food insecurity that has largely affected the rural communities, as a result of low rainfall patterns between October 2014 and February 2015 (this is the active rainfall period for commonly grown crops). In addition, the south and western parts of the country experienced prolonged dry spells (no rain recorded) between January and February 2015. However some areas in the north recorded a heavy rainfall pattern that caused floods and 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 indicated that they are experiencing the worst crop performance in eighty years. The extremely poor crop harvests are realized in all the dry land crop producing regions.