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Namibia Hosts Drought Conference

Namibia on Wednesday evening became the torchbearer for Africa’s constant struggle against drought as the common enemy of the continent when Deputy Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Christine //Hoebes officially launched the African Drought Conference, scheduled from August 15 to 19 in Windhoek.

About 650 delegates, including some of the best academics in their fields from around the globe, are expected to attend.

Government, representatives from the United Nations, embassies in Namibia and the private sector pledged to unite Africa during the conference to enhance resilience to drought events on the continent.

Namibia has spent more than N$250 million since last year on drought food aid and a few weeks ago SADC declared a regional disaster while East Africa is suffering its worst drought in 60 years.

Christian Rüfli

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