Addressing a training workshop on disaster risk management at Oshakati yesterday, the
Ahmadu also said cereal production had declined sharply by 42% compared to the previous agriculture season and there is need for
"The year 2013 will always be remembered by Namibian farmers as one of the toughest and most challenging periods in 30 years, due to the debilitating and devastating drought still threatening the agricultural sector and the country's food security," said Ahmadu. The availability of water and pasture for livestock also worsened significantly, resulting in the highest number of livestock sold in the past 10 years.
Ahmadu suggested that to reduce future exposure, loss and damage caused by natural disasters, it is crucial to have risk reduction mainstreamed into the agricultural sector.
He said FAO is playing its part in this effort by proactively supporting member countries in mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into sectoral planning.
The Governor of Oshana, Clemens Kashuupulwa, commended FAO for the support the UN agency is giving to the country, saying the partnership will strengthen
The aim of the workshop is to generate greater understanding, interest and action in disaster risk reduction and nutrition security in
FAO and the Namibian government have agreed on the country programme framework to strengthen capacities of relevant stakeholders to apply prevention and mitigation measures to reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience of communities at risk of threats and crises.
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