Namibia: Food Insecurity Emergency appeal n° MDRNA009 Six Month Summary Update


Appeal History

  • This Emergency Appeal was launched on 30 September 2015 for CHF 950,205 to support the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) to reach 3,200 households (11,500 individuals) through short and medium-term humanitarian interventions. The operation was to be implemented over a seven 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.

  • CHF 100,137 was initially allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society to 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 has delayed the commencement of 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 donors to support this EA in order to enable the NRCS to provide the much-needed support required by droughtaffected 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 requested an extension for three months of the EA to allow continuation of already existing soup kitchens.


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 per cent below average (NAMVAC 2015), which put parts of the 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 negatively affected 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 supported by IFRC Southern Africa Regional Office to design an Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) that was launched in September 2015.