Namibia has about 580,000 people who are food-insecure

WINDHOEK: Namibia has about 580 000 people who are food-insecure and will require assistance by March 2016.

‘Due to lingering effects of the drought of 2013 and this year, the number of people experiencing food shortages has increased,’ Deputy Prime Minister (PM) and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said in a speech read on her behalf during the commemoration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) yesterday.

Nandi-Ndaitwah said this citing the recently conducted vulnerability assessment by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to determine the impact of the drought during July this year.

She stressed that apart from responding to the drought situation, the national program on Disaster Risk Management (DRM) also focuses on the preparation for hazards like flood and structural fires and human and animal disease outbreaks that are more common in Namibia.

The Deputy PM noted that poor agricultural production also contributed to floods that impacted the northern areas of the country.