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Staff from the Namibian Red Cross, USAID/Namibia, and USAID/OFDA conducted an assessment of drought conditions following severely decreased rainfall in 2012 and 2013.
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USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance USAID/OFDA) is responding to a regional drought in Southern Africa, including in Angola, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

From October 2018 to March 2019, Namibia experienced its driest rainfall season in 38 years, resulting in severe drought that has affected approximately 556,000 people. The drought also resulted in diminished crop production that is estimated to be 42 percent below average in many areas.

On May 6, the Government of the Republic of Namibia (GRN) declared a state of emergency for all regions of the country as a result of the effects of the drought. The GRN is leading the response and approved a package of interventions, including food assistance, livelihoods support, increased access to safe drinking water, and seed distributions.

On May 22, U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson declared a disaster due to the effects of drought in Namibia. In response, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance provided $100,000 to the Namibia Red Cross Society to provide water, sanitation, and hygiene support to affected communities.

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)  is responding to a regional drought in Southern Africa. Please visit our webpage for additional information.


Namibia is susceptible to many of the same natural disasters that affect much of southern Africa, namely, cyclical drought, epidemics, floods, and food insecurity. USAID/OFDA’s response strategy in Namibia focuses on addressing humanitarian needs while investing in disaster risk reduction programs that strengthen the ability of communities to prepare for and mitigate the effects of disasters.

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Last updated: May 31, 2019

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