Africa needs to develop coping drought mechanism



Absence of drought management concern to Africa: Namibian minister

The absence of drought management policies and early warning systems in African countries area major concern, Namibia’s international affairs minister said Monday.

Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah told the first ever African Drought Conference that opened in Windhoek that in order to circumvent this problem, Africa needs to develop coping drought mechanism if Agenda 2063 is to be realized.

“We have to overcome the prevailing paradigm of reactive and crisis-based approaches to drought that are indispensable to reduce the risks and mitigating the impacts of drought, floods and other disasters,” she said.

The conference that ends Friday comes as a result of decisions taken by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, the African Union, the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment and the United Nations Environmental Assembly.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.