Hundreds of thousands are food-insecure: Nandi-Ndaitwah

13 Oct 2015 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 13 OCT (NAMPA) - Namibia has about 580 000 people who are food-insecure and will require assistance by March 2016.
“Due to lingering effects of the drought of 2013 and this year, the number of people experiencing food shortages has increased,” said Deputy Prime Minister (PM) and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
She said this in a speech read on her behalf during the commemoration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) in the capital on Tuesday.
The event was commemorated under the theme 'Knowledge for life'.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said this citing the recently conducted vulnerability assessment by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to determine the impact of the drought during July this year.
She stressed that apart from responding to the drought situation, the national programme on Disaster Risk Management (DRM) also focuses on the preparation for hazards like flood, veld and structural fires and human and animal disease outbreaks that are more common in Namibia.
The Deputy PM noted that poor agricultural production also contributed to floods that impacted the northern areas of the country.
The commemoration of the IDDR was organised by the City of Windhoek in collaboration with the OPM, Khomas Regional Council, the United Nations’ office in Namibia and the Namibia Red Cross Society.
The aim of the event was to raise awareness on the use of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge and practices to complement scientific knowledge in DRM.
It also aims to highlight approaches for engaging local communities and indigenous people in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 – a document adopted at the UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan on 18 March 2015.
The IDDR started in 1989 with the approval of Resolution 44/236, 22 December 1989, by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
The UN General Assembly adopted the IDDR as a way to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. The day was originally celebrated on the second Wednesday of October until the UN General Assembly decided to designate the 13th of October by Resolution 64/200, 21 December 2009, as the date to commemorate the day.