• Crisis Severity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    0 Very low
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  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    No constraints
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Key figures

  • 2,541,000 Total population [?]
  • 823 Landmass affected [?]
  • 1,091,000 People affected [?]
  • 440,000 People in Need [?]
  • 1,165,000 Minimal humanitarian conditions - Level 1 [?]
  • 651,000 Stressed humanitarian conditions - Level 2 [?]
  • 426,000 Moderate humanitarian conditions - Level 3 [?]
  • 14,000 Severe humanitarian conditions - Level 4 [?]



Anomalous dry conditions and intense moisture deficits were registered in Namibia since the start of the 2019 cropping season which has resulted in lower yield prospects and a 61% drop in cereal production.? The most affected areas are central and southern parts of Otjozondjupa Region, the bulk of Omaheke Region, eastern parts of Hardap and Karas regions, several pockets in Erongo, Kunene, Khomas (eastern parts) and the northeastern regions (including the regions of Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto).?The 2018/2019 season was one of the 3 driest in the history of northeastern Namibia. Overall, about 400,000 people are projected to be severely food insecure in January 2020?with acute food insecurity level pegged at IPC 3. Drought and lack of rain are also affecting the availability of fodder and grazing land for animal husbandry. This is disrupting the economic livelihoods of subsistence farmers who rely on livestock production as an economic mainstay. More than 60,000 livestock deaths were recorded in 2019.? Dams supplying water to the central part of the country have also depleted to 15.3% from 35.4% the previous year.?The rise and overflow of riverbanks such as the Zambezi river is further displacing populations living across the riverbanks especially in Kabbe south.

Much as normal/above average rainfall are projected from April to September 2020, it would still leave 15% of Namibian population (about 360,000) needing urgent food and other humanitarian assistance. Seasonal rainfall may remain below average. While the presence of INGOs may ameliorate the situation, lack of state capacity to deal will the humanitarian needs may likely intensify the effects of food scarcity.?

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