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Title:The 1992/3 drought in Namibia: an evaluation of its socio-economic impact on affected households
Editor:Devereux, StephenISNI
Series:SSD research report
City of publisher:Windhoek
Publisher:University of Namibia
Geographic term:Namibia
Abstract:This report examines the impact of the 1992/1993 drought on the lives of households throughout Namibia. The findings are based on a nationwide survey of over 1000 households in the communal areas, commercial farms and small towns, held in 1993. The drought devastated crop harvests and livestock herds throughout Namibia. A national drought relief programme was set up in May 1992 and a broad package of responses was implemented. Drought-affected households also adopted a variety of strategies to support themselves through the crisis. On balance, the drought in Namibia was effectively managed and a potential famine was averted. However, several policy implications are drawn with regard to dissemination of early warning information, targeting of drought relief assistance, food-for-work management and related issues.