Namibia: Acute Food Insecurity Situation July - September 2020 and Projection for October 2020 - March 2021
Flooding, poor rainfall and economic impacts from COVID-19 measures drive food insecurity in Namibia
01.07.2020 > 31.03.2021


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In the current period (July – September 2020), around 428,000 people (17% of the population) are facing high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3) or worse, including around 45,000 people in Emergency (IPC Phase 4). This population requires urgent humanitarian action in order to reduce food gaps, protect and restore livelihoods and prevent acute malnutrition.

The regions of Kunene, Erongo, Khomas, Ohangwena, Kavango West, Omaheke and Zambezi are classified in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) while the remaining seven analysed districts are in Stressed (IPC Phase 2). The main drivers of acute food insecurity in the country are: prolonged dry spells, flooding and loss of income due to impacts of COVID-19 control measures on livelihoods.

In the projected period (October 2020 to March 2021), around 441,000 people are expected to face high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3) or worse. The region of Erongo was not analysed during this period; out of the 14 regions in the country, Erongo was the only one under lockdown due to COVID-19, therefore, no assessments could be conducted.

During the projected period, the regions of Kunene, Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Kavango West, Otjozondjupa, Khomas, Omaheke, Zambezi are classified in Crisis (IPC Phase 3), while the rest of the analysed regions remain in Stressed (IPC Phase 2). The impact of COVID-19 mitigation measures will likely continue to put pressure on households’ capacity to access food.

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