San communities receive agricultural training

06 January 2017 | Agriculture

Recently seven San agricultural and livestock champions from the Nyae Nyae and N‡a Jaqna conservancies visited the commercial farm Krumhuk just outside Windhoek.

Krumhuk operates on bio-dynamic, organic and holistic management principles that the champions are introducing at their villages in the Otjozondjupa Region.

The San agricultural and livestock champions have shown a real aptitude for livestock management and farming in their communities.

They have been handpicked to deepen their knowledge and capacity so that they can go on to train more San people in their communities.

The visit consisted of a mix of presentations by visiting specialists and those working at Krumhuk, as well as practical field work.

Herding Krumhuk cattle and seeing the process from herding all the way through to the making of cheese, harvesting crops and their sale at the weekly bio-market in Klein Windhoek was all part of their training.

The trip was part of ongoing work funded by the European Union and the Finnish embassy to increase agricultural and livestock management capacity in these two San communities, where food security is a serious and daily threat to their wellbeing.

The activities funded by the European Union and the Finnish embassy give the communities the tools they need for empowerment and self-sufficiency.

“The environment within these conservancies is harsh and these communities are particularly at risk from the impacts of climate change, therefore assisting these San communities to develop capacity to improve their long-term food security is the ultimate goal,” said Lara Diez of the Nyae Nyae Development Foundation.

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