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Food insecurity in Namibia

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The drought is forcing people to use water from unprotected sources and placing them at risk of waterborne diseases. Food insecurity is placing further stress on the affected population, especially for those living with HIV, in a country where the widespread and generalized HIV epidemic (current HIV prevalence rate in Namibia is 14.3 per cent (UNAIDS 2014)) has challenged households trying to generate livelihoods and meet their increased nutritional requirements.
This project supports the Namibian Red Cross Society (NRCS) to reach 11,500 drought affected people with a focus on interventions on the sectors of water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, food security, nutrition and livelihoods for seven months.

      An estimated number of 370,316 people (16 per cent of the total population) are food insecure and in need of urgent food support, while a total number of 578,480 people are affected by the drought and will need livelihood protection deficit support until the next harvest in April 2016. Furthermore, there was an overall significant reduction in food and water availability, access and utilization due to adverse effects of drought. As a result, a number of households have reduced their number of meals consumed to one meal per day. Based on the NRCS vulnerability selection criteria and government assessments the selection criteria for assistence in the targeted communities include: Labour constrained households, Households with malnourished clients, Child, female and elderly-headed households, People living with HIV, and those on ART and TB treatment, Pregnant and breast-feeding women, and children under five years, Households with people with disabilities, Households with people who are chronically ill.

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Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken

Disaster type



Disaster Management Phase