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Emergency response

Drought in southwestern provinces of Angola

A drought stricken village in Bai­a Farta, Angola.

The worst drought in 40 years continues to devastate families in Angola. As well as the sunburnt fields, dry pastures, dying livestock and depleted food reserves, locust infestations — also driven by changes in weather patterns — have caused excessive damage to crops.

Disaster overview

The World Food Programme estimates that most of Angola’s six million food insecure residents live in the southwestern provinces of Benguela, Huila, Cunene, Namibe, Huambo and Kwanza Sul, although a further 15 million Angolans are also at risk.

Some poor households, affected by successive shocks, are generating income through the sale of precious assets such as goats, chickens or cows or traditional alcoholic beverages made from wild fruit.

Others have fled to Namibia in search of grazing, food and water.

Looking for new pastures: Agro-pastoralists have left their families in search of better living conditions in drought-stricken Angola.

Benguela, Cunene, Huila and Namibe.

ForAfrika launched an emergency response in the area earlier this year, delivering food rations and school-feeding meals as well as support to about 2,000 households in creating kitchen gardens near available water points.

We have funding until February 2023, but a lot more needs to be done to save people’s lives.

June 2022:
Situation re-assessed. Response Plan extended to April 2023.

January 2022:
Response Plan commenced and assistance provided to the most vulnerable.

November 2021:
Field Assessment was completed, Response Plan developed and approved.

Emergency in numbers

People affected
6,000,000 +
People reached
Meals served
166 + tonnes
Funding required
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