August 19

Emergency Plan to Supply Water to One Million People Namibia

By Inès Magoum

The Namibian government is launching an emergency programme in the context of water stress. The Namibia Water Sector Support Programme (NWSSP) aims to improve the quality, safety and sustainability of water supply and sanitation services for at least one million people.

In a report published on July 13th, 2021, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recall the consequences of the drought in Namibia. These include the death of livestock, reduced agricultural production, food insecurity and above all shortages of drinking water. The international organisation says that one of the most intense episodes was between 2013 and 2016, affecting around 450 000 people in the country. The Namibia Water Sector Support Programme (NWSSP) aims to mitigate the effects of drought.  This phenomenon dries up rivers in the southern African country.

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Source: Afrik21 (link opens in a new window)

food security, governance