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Namibia Red Cross
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.
Adam Weimer

Key Developments

Persistent droughts, erratic rainfall, and other shocks have exacerbated food insecurity across the Southern Africa region—including in Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe — extending the agricultural lean season, which typically lasts through March in much of the region, and increasing humanitarian needs. 

Approximately 13.7 million people across Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are projected to experience Crisis—IPC 3—or worse levels of acute food insecurity by March 2021, according to recent Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analyses. Additionally, recently reimposed movement restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus disease are expected to limit livelihood opportunities for vulnerable households across Southern Africa, exacerbating food insecurity and other humanitarian needs.

USAID is also responding to disasters in neighboring Southern Africa countries.


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’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: March 09, 2021

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