700 000 Namibians Need Food Aid

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By Arlana Shikongo

MORE than a quarter of the Namibian population has registered for the government’s drought relief food assistance.

This was revealed at Cabinet’s 14th decision-making meeting on Tuesday, during which a plan to implement short and long-term interventions of the ‘Livelihood and Vulnerability Assessment Report’ was approved in principle.

The implementation of these interventions has to undergo further review to determine cost implications.

The plan, which was submitted by prime minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, detailed that 712 138 beneficiaries have been registered for food assistance. Initially, the disaster risk management plan, which was initiated under the Office of the Prime Minister after president Hage Geingob declared the country’s severe drought a state of emergency earlier this year, estimated that about 257 383 people would require food assistance.

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