Household food security remains satisfactory in most regions of the country following good production last season, notes a March report on the Namibia Crop Prospects and Food Security Situation, which has just been released by the Namibia Early Warning and Food Information Unit (NEWFIU).
In the major communal crop-producing regions of the country where over 60% of the population live, the majority of households were reportedly at the time of the assessment still dependent on last season’s production for food.
Households reportedly informed the assessment that last season’s production was enough to carry them through to this year’s harvest this May.
Farmers in the said regions harvested good crops last season with many able to sell their surplus to commercial millers and/or the Agricultural Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA).
A few pockets of food security were reported especially in areas that received poor or excessive rain, or suffered damage due to army worms last season.
Household food security in Zambezi Region was recorded as satisfactory with most households reporting a dependence on own production or the market using income from last season’s harvest sales for food access.
In the Kavango regions, household food security in the rural areas was reported to be in an acceptable state in most constituencies with most still dependent on last season’s production, which is expected to sustain them till the next harvest this May. However, pockets of food insecurity were still being reported as was the case last December, particularly in areas which suffered damage from army worms or excessive rainfall and areas on the periphery of towns. Production in these areas was reported to be diminishing and was supplemented with buying from the market to prolong the availability of own production.
In the north-central regions (Omusati, Oshikoto, Oshana and Ohangwena), household food security in rural areas was reported good following good crop harvesting last season.
Most were dependent on own production for food access with their harvest reported still sufficient to sustain them till the next harvest this year.
But the northeast has a few pockets of food insecurity, with diminishing production in the regions of Omusati and Ohangwena.
Weakening harvest stock was being supplemented with produce bought on the market. The regions of Oshana and Oshikoto reported bumper harvests, while Omusati and Ohangwena recorded near normal crop production last season.
In the rest of the country, food security was satisfactory in many places following good production last season. However, food insecurity still existed especially in the regions of Kunene, //Karas and Erongo, particularly in the areas of Omatjete at Daures in Erongo, and the greater part of Karasburg, Warmbad and Aus in //Kharas due to poor rain last season.