UN drought mitigating project launched

The Emergency Livelihood Support to Drought affected Communities in Namibia project was officially launched on Tuesday in Okahandja, Otjozondjupa region.

The project funded by the United Nation (UN) Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) is aimed at assisting 3 250 farming households affected by drought that has devastated the country during 2018/19 agricultural season.

In her speech availed to Nampa on Tuesday, Farayi Zimudzi, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) representative in Namibia said the project will assist the beneficiaries through the provision of supplementary feeding by setting up hydroponic fodder production systems and veterinary supplies targeting the remaining core breeding herds for the targeted households.

This project was meant to target five regions which are Ohangwena, Omusati, Kunene, Hardap and Omaheke during the formulation its formulation, however, based on the fact that there are areas where rains have still not come as expected, Erongo and Kharas regions have been added, Zimudzi said.

She added among others, that the support comes on the heels of other similar support provided in 2019 valued at N.dollars 9 million to provide hay, multi-nutrient blocks and the rehabilitation of boreholes and traditional wells in Kunene, Omusati, Erongo and Omaheke regions.

The FAO representative further urged the project stakeholders to agree on concrete time-bound actions to ensure that this project is successful in reaching the neediest livestock farmers in the target regions.

The challenged is significant, given the scope of work and availability of time, said Zimudzi.

The project is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry and farmers Unions and will be delivered over a six month period and for a total value of just N.dollars 10 million.

Source: Namibia Press Agency