Another US$1 million for drought relief

04 October 2019 | Disasters

The United States government has increased its food assistance to Namibia with an additional US$1 million (N$15 million) contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme.
This is above the US$7.6 million in drought relief announced by US Ambassador Lisa Johnson in September, and the US$100 000 in water and hygiene assistance the US committed earlier in the year.
The announcement of the additional funding by Ambassador Johnson followed her meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah in the capital earlier this week.
“Many people have told me about the difficulties caused by the drought. In response, I have looked for every mechanism in the US government to help. With today’s commitment of an additional US$1 million, I am happy to say that the total US commitment to food and drought assistance now equals US$8.7 million,” Ambassador Johnson said.
The additional US$1 million, funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace, will provide approximately 1 300 metric tons of locally and regionally procured food commodities to more than 44 000 Namibians. The total US$8.7 million donation will help more than 150 000 vulnerable people in areas that are hardest hit by the drought.