40 000 to benefit from agri project

The Environmental Investment Fund is working to improve rangeland management in the northwest of the country.

18 June 2019 | Environment

More than 40 000 beneficiaries are expected to benefit from a climate change project in the Kunene Region.

This is 57% of the total population of the Kunene and 50% of the beneficiaries will be women.

This is according to deputy agriculture minister Anna Shiweda, who launched the Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) project last week in Kunene.

The project is titled 'Improving rangeland and ecosystem management practices of smallholder farmers under conditions of climate change in the Sesfontein, Fransfontein and Warmquelle areas'.

It was formulated through a number of meetings and consultations with the agriculture ministry as the implementing institution and the environment ministry as the nationally designated authority to the Green Climate Fund, and with key stakeholders in Kunene.

According to Shiweda the main targeted areas were selected based on equitable development distribution and vulnerability to climate change, as Kunene is one of the most drought -prone areas in Namibia.

The project will particularly address the impacts of increasing temperatures and higher water evaporation on crop production, bush encroachment on land productivity, and improving rangeland and ecosystem management practices of smallholder farmers in the region.

“These will be achieved by introducing climate-resilient agricultural practices in the three green scheme projects of the Sesfontein, Fransfontein and Warmquelle areas as learning sites,” said Shiweda.

The project further aims to reduce the vulnerability of smallholder farmers under climate-change conditions, by safeguarding natural capital that generates ecosystem services to sustain agricultural production.

This will be done by implementing climate-proofed mechanisms that will support a combined 500 hectares of drip-irrigation systems in the region.

It also aims to rehabilitate at least 80 000 hectares of rangeland through supporting appropriate ecosystem management plans at local levels that will improve grazing areas.

The project will also support the rehabilitation of two green schemes facilities at Sesfontein (11 hectares) and Warmquelle (seven hectares), which will be used as a learning centre for climate-resilient agricultural production for local smallholder farmers.

A community-based green scheme at Fransfontein (40 hectares) will be established to transfer lessons learned from the other facilities, said Shiweda. Furthermore, capacity-building for the nine farmers' associations in the Kunene Region will be undertaken by mainstreaming disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in their operations.

Shiweda said as a direct result of climate-induced vulnerabilities, household food security and nutrition situations have been compromised. This is compelling households to supplement food deficiencies with government drought relief.

“Drought relief, while desirable as a relief measure in the short-term, is neither a sustainable option nor a long-term adaptation option. Climate change is here to stay and our farmers should be prepared to adapt and be resilient in all possible ways.”

Shiweda pointed out that Namibia is a net importer of most agricultural commodities such as grains, livestock feeds, and horticultural commodities, amongst others.

She, however, said there is great potential for the production of most of these commodities in Namibia if climate-smart agriculture strategies are deployed by farmers.

“It is for this reason that the government is currently implementing a conservation agriculture programme according to which each farmer is expected to adopt at least one climate-friendly technology.”

Shiweda expressed concern with regard to the low level of youth involved in agricultural activities.

According to her statistics show that about 37% of the population is made up of young people under the age of 15 years, while the average Namibian farmer is 68 years old. She said this scenario is worrisome in terms of the future of the agricultural sector, and she therefore urged youth to engage in agricultural activities and pursue entrepreneur opportunities that exist in the sector.

Shiweda added that the ministry values and appreciates the unprecedented support it receives from the EIF, more especially for making resources available amidst the slow economic growth experienced by Namibia.

She said the fund had so far demonstrated leadership, as the only nationally accredited entity to the Green Climate Fund, having accessed about N$560 million in total aimed at addressing climate change in the past three years.


Similar News


Activists slam Nam's 'pay to slay' hunting

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Environment

The hunting of Namibia's black rhino is in the international spotlight again, with conservation and animal welfare groups calling for an end to the “pay-to-slay...

'To hell with phosphate'

4 days ago - 11 September 2019 | Environment

As the controversial marine phosphate mining saga yesterday headed back to the Windhoek High Court, anti-phosphate protestors took to the capital's streets to make their...

Indigenous plants key in poverty battle

4 days ago - 11 September 2019 | Environment

The sustainable wild harvesting and trade in indigenous natural plants has the potential to contribute significantly to the alleviation of rural poverty and the conservation...

200 000 to benefit from climate grant

1 week ago - 06 September 2019 | Environment

More than 200 000 people will benefit from the recent grant that the Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) secured from the Green Climate Fund. Environment minister...

Namibia disappointed in CITES

1 week ago - 06 September 2019 | Environment

Environment and tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta says Namibia was disappointed with the decisions made by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild...

Shifeta a tulapo omulandu omupe

1 week ago - 04 September 2019 | Environment

Ominista yomidhingoloko, Pohamba Shifeta oya gandja etseyitho kutya iilikolomwa ayihe yopaiyemo okuza muukongo oya pumbwa okupitila momayalulo goombaanga dhuuministeli opo ku vule okukalekwapo uuyelele...

Ministry stops pilfering of hunting fees

1 week ago - 03 September 2019 | Environment

Environment minister Pohamba Shifeta has issued a directive that all proceeds from hunting concessions must be channelled through the ministry's account in order to improve...

Aerial wildlife survey coming

1 week ago - 03 September 2019 | Environment

An aerial wildlife survey will be conducted for the Zambezi and Kavango regions, including the Bwabwata and Khaudum national parks and parts of its neighbouring...

Prioritiseer jou omgewing

1 week ago - 03 September 2019 | Environment

Mariselle StofbergWeens die toename in stropery in die land het die Regshulpsentrum (LAC) ? projek van stapel gestuur wat fokus op omgewingsbewustheid en natuurbeskerming...

Learning about wildlife protection

1 week ago - 02 September 2019 | Environment

The Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) is conducting an advocacy programme on environment and wildlife protection in the Zambezi Region.This forms part of Partnership against Poaching...

Latest News

Great risk, great reward

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Business

Evany van Wyk In only three years, Braam Vermeulen and his two other founding partners...

Once bitten, twice shy

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Economics

The Government Institutions Pension Fund says it cannot guarantee the success of its unlisted investment scheme but has taken precautions to ensure that it does...

Rape: No means no

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Crime

Police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga yesterday underlined a woman's right to say no and urged Namibians to band together to end the epidemic of violence by...

Perseverance and a good attitude...

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Business

Evany van Wyk Growing up in the small town of Rehoboth, Chantell Engelbrecht longs for the times she used to play street soccer with her...

Fear is not a factor

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Business

Michelline Nawatises Primus Shaapopi was born at Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region. For 17 years, he was raised as a Catholic by his grandmother at...

Self-motivation and teamwork

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Business

Mariselle StofbergEvery new challenge can translate into a learning experience, which helps Natalia Simon gain deeper knowledge of my profession.Simon has never allowed the challenges...

Adding value to the equation

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Business

Evany van Wyk Born and raised in Oranjemund in the //Karas Region, Marisol Basson attended high school in South Africa. She decided to study marketing...

SOEs a burden - Jooste

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Government

Public enterprises minister Leon Jooste says state-owned enterprises in Namibia, with the exception of a few, have failed to optimally deliver on their mandates.“In some...

Let's talk about sex

2 days ago - 13 September 2019 | Opinion

Teen pregnancy in Namibia remains a rising concern. The high teen pregnancy rate has also resulted in many girls dropping out of school to stay...

Load More