/Huibes conservancy funded to the tune of N$1.5m

Martin Endjala

The /Huibes Conservancy farm, Uibis No34, received a funding worth N$1,5 million from the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) under the Ecosystem Based Adaptation investment window under the Empower to Adapt (EDA) project.

This is centred around Creating Climate Change Resilient Livelihoods through the Community Based Natural Resource Management in Namibia (CBNRM EDA project). The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) is the custodian of such implementation . Minister Pohamba Shifeta emphasised that in order for the economy to flourish, investing in small and medium scale producers is very crucial. Especially by mobilising them to stop producing for their immediate family needs alone, but to produce, and view their activities as commercial ones. Which can substantially increase their earnings and improve their livelihoods.

Shifeta says if this can be achieved, then the problem of hunger, malnutrition, poverty and food shortages in the country shall begin to be addressed seriously. The minister was speaking at the handover of the funds in the Daweb Constituency, Hardap region, yesterday reiterating the responsibility of law makers in this regard. And to ensure that the interest of Namibians and her natural resources are protected and managed sustainably for future generations.

Hence, they are urging developed nations to implements and make available accessible climate finance to developing countries for loss and damage and ensuring adaptation actions are realised, especially in Africa that it is said to be paying the highest price of global warming. Shifeta further stresses that Namibia has set herself an ambitious target of reducing greenhouse gases by 91% by 2030.

As set out in the updated NDC where Namibia is set to be a renewable energy hub in the world given its abundant solar and wind energy generation capacity as well as massive open land while sustainably conserving the biodiversity of our mother land as she transits to clean energy. Additionally the country will continue perusing the benefits of the Paris Agreement by implementing government policies and strategies that promotes accessing climate finance and implements national projects. Which are equally aimed at strengthening adaptation capacity, enhancing community resilient to climate change and reducing abject poverty in Namibia.

The /Huibes Conservancy forms part of the Daweb Constituency in the Hardap Region, which is about 120 km south west of Mariental. There are 220 households registered with the /Huibes Conservancy of most which live in abject poverty.

The total population is 750, with livestock farming and specifically small stock farming is the dominant farming activity for most households. The funds included two completed hydroponic units for fodder production of six backyard gardens, 292 goats ten of which are rams for small stock breeding scheme and 400 chicken feed and feeders. Which have already been procured and will be delivered to identified households.

Shifeta emphasises that small farmers have the potential to contribute significantly to national food security as well as national economic growth of the country. “It is in our best interest to foster conservation of our natural resources through community based natural resource management system as established by MEFT,” he adds.

By Observer