Situation overview

Angola and Namibia are facing the effects of their severest drought in over a quarter of a century. Even though the rains have started in parts of Angola, the situation is still critical in some regions after nearly three years of drought.

Some 330,000 people in Namibia are food insecure, 14 percent of the country’s population.

Over 600,000 people in the Angolan border provinces of Cunene and Huila do not have enough food or water due to two consecutive years of failed rains.

Malnutrition is widespread, leading to disease and death. Children are the most vulnerable.

The next harvest in March 2014 looks uncertain, bringing ongoing food insecurity and hunger. People’s resilience has been drastically reduced.


LWF response

The LWF is acting to prevent the slow-onset emergency from unfolding into a full disaster.

We are:

  • Providing basic food assistance to vulnerable communities with no access to governmental distribution points
  • Ensuring a safe environment and access to clean water
  • Increasing the availability of cash to meet basic needs
  • Diversifying livelihoods and improve income for youth and women
  • Supporting vulnerable communities with psychosocial care
  • Strengthening the resilience of affected communities and their capacity to reduce disaster risk and respond to disasters
  • Building capacity for advocacy work

We are working in Huila and Cunene Provinces in Angola, and in both northern and southern Namibia.


Collaboration

Our emergency response hubs in Nairobi, Kenya, and Lusaka, Zambia, are providing assistance as needed.

Angola | Our World Service country program is partnering with ACT Alliance Angola Forum members, including Action for Rural Development and Environment (ADRA) in Huila province, the Igreja Evangelica Luterana de Angola (IELA) in Cunene province, and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA).

Namibia | World Service is working with LWF member churches via the United Church Council of Namibia, ensuring that the response complements governmental efforts. A project manager is overseeing the implementation and supporting the churches.