by Ester Mbathera
FIRST-TIME contestants in the presidential and National Assembly elections, the Landless People’s Movement, will launch their campaign and manifesto at Khorixas on Saturday.
LPM deputy leader and chief strategist Henny Seibeb told The Namibian their manifesto will be ‘climate change-resilient’, which he says impacts rural-urban migration, and can significantly affect food security, rural livelihoods and the environment.
“Climate change is one of our priority areas, with a specific focus on land degradation, sustainable land development, and land use management. The problem of the urban land crisis is a direct result of deforestation and land degradation,” he stated.
In recent years, Namibia has experienced some of the most severe effects of climate change.
The country has seen a succession of droughts since 2013, which has left many people without access to water, and at least over 600 000 livestock dead.
Crop failure has left many subsistence farmers with little or no food. This situation led to the head of state declaring a state of emergency on account of the drought earlier this year.
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*This article was first published on 6 November 2019