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Namibia, a country in southwest Africa, is distinguished by the Namib Desert along its Atlantic Ocean coast. The country is home to diverse wildlife, including a significant cheetah population. The capital, Windhoek, and coastal town Swakopmund contain German colonial-era buildings such as Windhoek's Christuskirche, built in 1907. In the north, Etosha National Park’s salt pan draws game including rhinos and giraffes. ― Google

Capital: Windhoek

President: Hage Geingob

Population: 2.587 million (2021) World Bank

Currency: Namibian Dollar

Official language: English

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In a startling revelation, a new report indicates that Namibia is currently grappling with a severe food security crisis, with 579,000 people, constituting 22 percent of the population, experiencing high levels of acute food insecurity during the period from July to September 2023. This alarming situation necessitates urgent action to bridge food gaps and safeguard livelihoods, according to the report. Only two regions, Erongo and Khomas, have been classified under IPC Phase 2 (Stressed), while the remaining 12 regions are classified under IPC Phase 3 (Crisis).

Namibia's deteriorating food security is attributed to a confluence of factors, including climatic and price shocks, economic decline, and skyrocketing unemployment rates. The situation is exacerbated by global economic conditions and weather patterns, which have left many Namibians struggling to access basic necessities.

Looking ahead to the first projected period, spanning from October 2023 to March 2024, the situation is expected to deteriorate even further, with 695,000 people, accounting for 26 percent of the population, likely to fall under IPC Phase 3 or above, indicative of a Crisis or worse. While Erongo and Hardap regions may remain at IPC Phase 2, partly due to government interventions and potential employment opportunities, the rest of the regions are forecasted to remain mired in IPC Phase 3. Hardap may see slight improvements due to planned drought relief measures, offering a glimmer of hope in an otherwise grim scenario.

However, the report suggests that there may be some respite in the second projected period, which spans from April to June 2024. During this period, approximately 491,000 people, equivalent to 19 percent of the population, are expected to still face high levels of food insecurity. The improvement is primarily attributed to global price increases that have eroded purchasing power. Seven out of thirteen regions are anticipated to improve to IPC Phase 2 (Stressed), while the remaining six regions are likely to persist at IPC Phase 3 (Crisis).

Namibia's government, along with international organizations, is urged to take immediate action to address this escalating food security crisis and protect the vulnerable population from the devastating consequences of hunger and malnutrition. The situation is evolving, and continuous monitoring and assistance will be crucial to mitigate the impact on the nation's most vulnerable citizens.

As Namibia grapples with these challenges, the global community is watching closely, and efforts to support the country in this time of need are of paramount importance to alleviate the suffering of its people.

 


 

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