Development cooperation , 05.06.2015

UFF Finland; Farmers Clubs with climate-smart agriculture for improved resilience and livelihoods of small-scale farmers in Kavango


Despite its status as an upper middle income country, Namibia faces major developmental challenges. Income inequality is among the highest in the world and there are great regional disparities. 31% of the population live below the income poverty line, the level of unemployment is at over 50% and 15% of the adult population has HIV/AIDS. Climate change is predicted to have negative impact on agricultural yields and water availability in Namibia, due to droughts and increased temperatures. An estimated 70% of the population, especially in rural areas, depends on agrarian production for a portion of their income and/or livelihoods. Yet the agricultural sector only contributes 7.4 % of GDP, and Namibia imports more than 50% of the cereals and horticultural products that it consumes. Small-scale farmers use traditional methods of production that are characterized by low productivity. This weakens the food security of the population. The project aims to improve the possibilities of small-scale farmers to adapt to the effects of climate change, by developing, testing and disseminating information on new climate-smart agricultural techniques in the rural areas of north Namibia. The immediate aim of the project is to "build resilience and facilitate climate change adaptation in Kavango region through agricultural productivity increases, improvements of water access and use, and institutional strengthening". The project strives to achieve the following three results: 1. Improve the food security and livelihood of 1 000 small-scale farmers and their families by improving agricultural productivity 2. Improved and sustainable access to water through rainwater harvesting and micro-drip irrigation systems 3. Community and farm-level resilience improvement through institutional strengthening of small-scale farmers and community awareness raising and capacity building In the project 1 000 small-scale farmers form agricultural associations, called Farmers' Clubs, each with 50 people, to test and practice new agriculture techniques, that conserve soil fertility and increase agricultural productivity, on demonstration plots. The associations will also begin horticulture farming. The storing of agricultural produce will be improved, the associations will practice small-scale processing and marketing of crops will be supported, in an effort to improve food safety and livelihood in the families.

Funding decision  05.06.2015

124 799 €

Objectives monitored by OECD's Development Assistance Committee

  • Climate change - adaptation
  • Participatory development/Good governance

Field of activity

  • Agricultural development 40%
  • Food crop production 30%
  • Agricultural co-operatives 30%

Special target group

  • women

Funding channel

U-landshjälp från Folk till Folk i Finland rf



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