Namibia has been struggling with the El Niño-related drought since the beginning of 2015. Significant food shortages and lack of rain continued throughout 2016.  The 2017 lean season, which runs from January-March, is expected to be worse than previous years, with 720,000 people facing food insecurity. As of January, 700,000 people rely of food assistance provided by the government.

An armyworms outbreak was declared, and as of mid-January, over 20,000 households were affected. Presence of armyworms was reported on 50,000 hectare in northern regions.

Heavy rainfalls since early March have affected the northern regions, with 500 people displaced and more than 20,000 children out of school due to floods.

INFORM measures Namibia’s risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be medium, at 3.7/10.?

Latest Developments

22/03: Over 500 people displaced in Oshana region due to flood are in need of NFIs and WASH assistance.?

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Key priorities

Food security: Severe drought has left about a quarter of the country’s population food insecure.

WASH: Northern parts of the country report water shortages due to low rainfall and pumping issues in Angola.

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Information Gaps and needs

- Water availability per provinces

- Nutrtion needs per province