More than 700k Namibians Face Food Shortages

More than 700 000 Namibians face acute food insecurity amid mounting livestock deaths due to the widespread shortage of water and pasture

More than 700 000 Namibians are facing acute food insecurity amid mounting livestock deaths due to the widespread shortage of water and pasture following three successive years of drought, a new government-led vulnerability survey has revealed.

In its ‘Namibia Rural Food Security and Livelihood Vulnerability Forecast’ report for 2016/2017, the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Agriculture says of the 729 134 people facing food insecurity, 595 839 need immediate food assistance.

According to the report, more than 50 percent of those in urgent need of drought relief food assistance are from the regions of Omusati (110 388), Ohangwena (101 741), Oshikoto (76 903), Oshana (49 150), Kavango West (47 989) and Kavango East (44 107).

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Source: 
SABC Online

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