Namibia Food and nutrition security situation


Namibia Food and nutrition security situation

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    Although the food and nutrition security situation has improved considerably in the last two decades since independence, this is still a top priority issue for the GRN. According to the preliminary findings of a recent assessment carried out following the 2012/13 drought situation, an estimated 330, 925 people are food insecure, 447, 577 moderately food insecure and 859, 898 food secure , with food insecurity more prevalent in the north-western regions mainly due to prevailing chronic poverty and droughts. Main contributing factors to food insecurity and under-nourishment are the high poverty rate, inequality of the income distribution, and the incidence of HIV/AIDS.

    Other factors specific to rural areas include: chronic drought and consequent water shortages resulting in death of animals and crop failures, widespread soil erosion and land degradation, lack of agricultural land and isolation from markets, limited income generating opportunities, restrictions on women to access land and resources, and lack of implementation of appropriate policies. Another factor that has contributed to food insecurity has been the loss of indigenous foods and the related indigenous knowledge for preparing those foods. The main food insecure segments of the population consist of resource poor households, women, the youth, the elderly, child orphans, the unemployed and households affected by HIV/AIDS.

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