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  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
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  • Complexity ?
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Key figures

  • 2,541,000 Total population [?]
  • 1,091,000 People affected [?]
  • 440,000 People in Need [?]



The main driver of food insecurity in Namibia is mostly erratic and below-average rainfall resulting in dry spells or droughts. Food insecurity was further aggravated by heavy rains in January 2021 in the southern regions, and more generally by a loss of income since 2020 because of COVID-19. The lean season, which will last until the end of March 2021, depletes household food stocks and increases reliance on markets. These markets are expected to remain stocked and functional thanks to imports from South Africa, but access to them may be hindered because of COVID-19 restrictions, as was the case in Erongo region, the region that has been under the strictest lockdown. Household purchasing power is lower than usual because of COVID-19, which has resulted in job losses, the disruption of markets, and a drop in government revenue. The northern region has been particularly impacted because of a high reliance on tourism.?

Namibia relies heavily on crop and livestock farming. Both types of farming are highly dependent on rainfall, with the north and northeast regions seeing the most rainfall. Recurring events of drought across the country, particularly in 2018–19, resulted in agricultural production losses and water shortages for consumption, livestock, and agriculture. Currently, 444,000 people are facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or higher levels of food insecurity across the country.?

Latest Developments


No significant recent humanitarian developments. This crisis is being monitored by our analysis team.