Namibia: Food Insecurity Emergency appeal n° MDRNA009 Operations update n° 3


This operations update seeks a 3 months extension to evaluate the increasing needs and to take into account the current revision of the regional strategy to respond to the food insecurity in the region.

Appeal History:

This Emergency Appeal (Appeal n° MDRNA009) was launched on 30 September 2015, 950,205 Swiss franc support to the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) to enable them reach 3,200 households (11,500 individuals) through short and medium-term humanitarian interventions. Programmes were designed to be implemented over 7 month period and sought to address immediate food security and water requirements through emergency assistance provision, long-term livelihoods support through community gardens development, sustainable water access through spring and borehole cleaning/creation and hygiene promotion.

One hundred thousand one hundred and thirty seven (100,137) Swiss franc was initially allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society begin immediate operations. However, partially due to the drought not being declared a national disaster by the Namibian government, the Appeal has received limited attention and funding. This has negatively impacted initial operations. As such, the intervention has been able to only cater for 1,200 beneficiaries with emergency food assistance provision and delayed in commencing water point rehabilitation projects.

At time of writing, the Appeal remains significantly underfunded, having received only 15% coverage. The IFRC, on behalf of NRCS, would like to thank the Canadian Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross Society, Red Cross of Monaco, and the Netherlands Red Cross for supporting the Appeal thus far. However, the Federation is appealing to all distinguished donors to support this EA in order to enable the NRCS provide the much-needed support required by drought-affected communities. This is particularly important given the shifting realities on the ground and increasing needs of the affected population.

Due to erratic rainfall during the planting season, a number of households in the initial target regions are expected to face further food security risks. Combined with the delayed commencement of emergency operations, the NRCS is requesting a 3-month extension of the EA to allow continuation of already existing soup kitchens for 3 months. The National Society has been receiving in-kind food donations from local companies and still awaiting for a few more soft pledges.


Between October 2014 and February 2015, Namibia experienced highly erratic rainfall patterns that negatively impacted the planting and cultivation seasons. Prolonged dry spells and extensive flooding characterized this period and resulted in delayed planting and destroyed crops. As a result, the 2014/15 crop production yields were 46 % below average (NAMVAC 2015), which put parts of country at high risk of food insecurity. Additionally, the drought forced many to adopt negative coping strategies in order to access water, including collecting water from unprotected sources. This put affected populations at risk of contracting waterborne diseases, which, if left unattended, may have negatively affect public health. The emergency also disproportionately affected the livelihoods and nutritional status of highly vulnerable individuals, including the elderly, orphaned and vulnerable children, and those living with HIV. Thus, the situation necessitated a concerted response from the Movement and as such, prompted the NRCS to connect with the IFRC Southern Africa Regional Office to design an Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA). The EPoA was developed in August 2015 and launched in September 2015.