Namibia

WFP Namibia Country Brief, December 2016

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  • WFP participated in a scoping mission led by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in collaboration with the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management to identify concrete areas of intervention and address shortcomings of existing capacities, gaps and needs related to disaster risk management.

  • The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, with technical assistance from WFP, is in the process of upgrading the Namibian School Feeding Information System (NaSIS). The system is currently being uploaded and will be ready for use by the end of January 2017.

Operational Updates

  • The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) undertook a scoping mission to assess Namibia’s Disaster Risk Management Information System from 28 November to 02 December. WFP participated in the mission together with the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management.

  • The mission, which is a follow up to the National Disaster Risk Initiative, served to strengthen Information management by mapping disaster risk management information systems being used at different institutions, identifying focal points and provide recommendations to address the gaps. This will be accompanied by a clear action plan to ensure effective implementation of the recommendations.

  • The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, with technical support from WFP has finalized the upgrade of the Namibian School Feeding Information System (NaSIS). The improved system is equipped with new functionalities that will ensure consistent data entry, automatic generation of reports and ease of use. The improved version of NaSIS is scheduled to go live by the end of January 2017 and will be systematically decentralised to the school level, where school feeding focal points will be entering data directly into the system. This way, the system will be able to capture data on a real time basis hence contributing to timely report generation by the MoEAC.

  • The Office of the Prime Minister, Directorate of Disaster Risk Management has completed preliminary findings of the Food and Nutrition Security Monitoring Bulletin report for October 2016. The bi-annual bulletin produced with WFP providing technical assistance analyses food security trends and vulnerability in the rural areas of Namibia. The findings from the assessment show that drought conditions continues to affect Namibia as the food insecure population still stands at 34 percent. This is due to poor seasonal rainfall which has led to crop failure, and lack of water for human consumption and livestock.