NSA shares 2015/16 NHIES results at Kavango West

17 May 2018 19:40pm
RUNDU, 17 MAY (NAMPA) – The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) held a workshop at Nkurenkuru on Thursday to share findings of the 2015/16 Namibia Household Income and Expenditure Survey (NHIES).
The survey, which is conducted once every five years, was conducted over a period of 12 months from April 2015 to March 2016 and its report was released in March this year.
NSA Deputy Director for Strategic Communications, Iipumbu Sakaria told Nampa in a telephonic interview: “We collected statistics and it is good courtesy after you have collected these statistics to go back to the community and share with them the findings of what you found.”
He said although the poverty rate nationally is declining for regions such as Kavango East and Kavango West, inequality and poverty levels are still high.
Inequality is high as there are people in some areas that are very rich and people that are very poor, he emphasised.
“Essentially, this is what comes out. The good thing though is that in food poverty, the people in rural areas do not rely on shops, however a large portion of their disposable income still goes to food, which will still create a problem,” he stressed.
Sakaria noted that even though the two regions are known for growing crops and good rains, the crops harvested are used for domestic consumption.
“Poverty in this sense is about monitoring access to resources. With unemployment being a big challenge in the country, some areas have people who do not have access to physical money to do decent things with.”
Sakaria said the reason why surveys like these are done is for policy makers to pay special care or attention to areas where figures are relatively high.