Namibia declares drought emergency

AFP-JIJI

Namibia’s president declared a state of emergency for the whole of the desert-fringed country on Friday due to a severe drought.

The lack of rain is expected to badly hit crop production, halving it in some areas and affecting staples like corn.

The government has started handing out bags of corn meal to rural areas. The government has also announced it will introduce a grazing subsidy, beef up school feeding programs and increase its food-for-work and cash-for-work programs.