Namibia: 700 000 Namibians Need Food Aid

Namibia: 700 000 Namibians Need Food Aid

MORE than a quarter of the Namibian population has registered for the government's drought relief food assistance.

The plan, which was submitted by prime minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, detailed that 712 138 beneficiaries have been registered for food assistance.

Initially, the disaster risk management plan, which was initiated under the Office of the Prime Minister after president Hage Geingob declared the country's severe drought a state of emergency earlier this year, estimated that about 257 383 people would require food assistance.

However, the executive director in the Office of the Prime Minister, I-Ben Nashandi, in July stated that due to cost escalations and the increasing number of beneficiaries, the programme would require a bigger budget than the initial estimate.

Some of the short-term interventions detailed during the Cabinet meeting include the continued upscaling of nutrition by both the health and agriculture ministries; increasing the capacity of community health workers to provide health and nutrition education to communities; and providing supplementary food during disaster/humanitarian response operations.

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