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19 Nov 2019 OXFORD, United Kingdom
Extreme weather, both too much and too little rain, conflict, displacement and poverty have caused crisis levels of hunger for as many as 18 million people across Africa. The climatic conditions are exacerbated in many countries that are already suffering from ongoing conflict situations.In advance of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Durban Nov 11-15, a report from international NGO Oxfam called on African ministers at the AMCEN meeting to:Insist rich industrialized countries decrease CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Agreement's goal and to honor respective commitments to mobilize $100 Billion USD per year by 2020 to fund climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in developing countries;Demand governments agree to develop new funding mechanisms for “loss and damage” from climate change at the upcoming COP25;Invest more in public services and strengthen tax systems to close the gap between rich and poor;Improve disaster warning and management systems, and commit to re-greening and agricultural policies that target small-scale farmers;Invest in “social accountability” projects that ensure climate finance can reach the communities that need it most;Improve engagement with women and girls in the planning, design, and implementation of climate mitigation and adaptation programsThe new report from Oxfam highlights conditions in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, Namibia and South Africa where there have been reports of farmer suicides...
22 Nov 2018 WINDHOEK, Namibia
Authorities from Angola and Namibia this week inaugurated the Calueque-Oshakati cross-border water supply project, distributing water resources from the shared Cunene River.The project involves the rehabilitation and upgrading of existing water supply infrastructure, most notably the 150 kilometer Calueque-Oshakati canal which supplies Northern Namibia with drinking and irrigation water from the Cunene River in Southern Angola, for irrigation and drinking purposes...
8 Nov 2016 WINDHOEK, Namibia
The Namibian government has issued a fresh international appeal for assistance to deal with persistent drought in the country, which has left 730,000 people, most of them rural residents, in need of food aid.Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said over $44 million USD was still needed for food, water provision, and livestock assistance...
31 Oct 2016 WINDHOEK, Namibia
The Namibian government has secured $21.6 million USD to provide food and water supplies to drought-hit communities in the country -- only half the amount needed to mitigate the severe drought’s effects, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said last week.“We managed to raise money from the funding under the Disaster Risk Manangement Unit policies, and also through other government initiatives, but we are below the required amount,” she said...
20 Sep 2016 WINDHOEK
Water minister John Mutorwa and a delegation from NamWater and the directorate of water resources management undertook site inspections of some water facilities in the Otjozondjupa and Erongo regions last week, and concluded that the situation was dire.
19 Aug 2016 WINDHOEK, Namibia
The inaugural African Drought Conference will today adopt the Windhoek Declaration on Drought Resilience in Africa.Namibian President Hage Geingob on August 19th paid tribute to the achievements of drafting a white paper after five days of discussion on details of the “Strategic Framework for Drought Management and Enhancing Resilience to Drought Events in Africa...
17 Aug 2016 WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA
Drought preparedness should be an integral part of African governments' programs, according to several speakers at the opening of the first African drought conference in Windhoek, Namibia this week. Over 600 local and international delegates comprising African ministers and representatives from United Nations agencies are expected to engage in high-level discussions at the inaugural event, held under the theme "Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African continent...
11 Aug 2016 GABORONE, Botswana
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers and Heads of State and Government summit, to be held in Mbabane, Swaziland later this month, will look at potential measures to boost energy and water resources in the region.The measures are contained in an outcome statement released after a workshop on Water and Energy Infrastructure attended by SADC ministers in Gaborone, Botswana in June, the SADC Secretariat told OOSKAnews...
5 Aug 2016 OSHAKATI
National water utility NamWater is in the process of excavating the Olushandja-Uuvudhiya canal and pumping water to relieve the plight of communal farmers along the canal, who have been hardest hit by the prevailing drought.
25 Jul 2016 WINDHOEK
With southern Africa still in the grip of the worst drought in 35 years caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon, some 600 delegates from the continent are expected in Namibia next month for the Africa Drought Conference. The conference, organised by the environment ministry, set for 15-19 August, will discuss how to enhance resilience against recurrent droughts.
20 Jul 2016 GABORONE, Botswana
Southern African Development Community (SADC) Chair and Botswana President Ian Khama is expected to declare a regional disaster and appeal for international assistance by the end of this month due to ongoing severe drought.The SADC said in an emailed statement last week that once the declaration is issued, member countries would seek $2...
18 Jul 2016 WINDHOEK, Namibia
Namibia has appealed to the international community for assistance following President Hage Geingob’s declaration last month of a state of emergency due to drought.Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the country needs at least $42 million USD this financial year to deal with drought.More than 700,000 people in the country are in need of food assistance, and about 500,000 need urgent relief, she said...