The hunger situation looks bad

  By Kaipaherue Kandjii

The hunger engulfing Namibia has been building up since mid-2023, according to a study conducted by the FAO. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification study, released in September 2023, projects food insecurity phases from July 2023 until June 2024.

According to the report, 2,6 million people from all the regions were involved in the survey. Although the study said there are no deaths due to hunger, the overall picture of the situation is dire.

It claimed Namibia is in a food security crisis, with only two regions, Khomas and Erongo, in a relatively better situation. It added that the 2022/23 agricultural season rainfall performance was generally poor for most regions, with below-average rainfall resulting in poor crop harvests, especially for the northern crop-growing areas.

The study said the National Strategic Food Reserve needed more food, as storage facilities only contain 16 per cent of maize, pearl millet, and wheat, the total 22,900 metric tons capacity they usually contain.

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