United States Expands Food Assistance in Namibia

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Expansion of U.S. food assistance to drought-affected Namibians
U.S. Ambassador to Namibia, Lisa Johnson handing over food aid to the Shivolo family in Okaku Village, Namibia

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Ralph Höfelein
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February 18, 2020 – U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson and Namibian Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila joined the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in the country’s Oshana Region on 17 February 2020 to deliver more than 85 tons of maize meal, beans, and vegetable oil to more than 12,000 vulnerable Namibians that are affected by the drought. 

This food delivery forms part of the US$8.6 million (N$127 million) in food assistance committed by the United States to the Namibian people.  In December 2019, food distribution started in the drought affected Kavango East and Kavango West Regions, and food assistance now is being extended to Kunene, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Zambezi, and Omaheke Regions.

Ambassador Johnson highlighted the importance of the food distribution despite recent rainfalls in the northern part of the country because people still need assistance to feed their families until the first harvest.  “The United States is delivering on its promise to help Namibia through the drought.  In total, over the coming months, U.S. food assistance will help more than 350,000 Namibians,” Johnson said.

The US$8.6 million (N$127 million) committed by the United States to procure and deliver more than 10,000 tons of food assistance is the largest bilateral drought-assistance by a foreign government to the Namibian people.  The funding is provided by PEPFAR and USAID/Food for Peace.