Namibia: GCF Grants N$300m for Climate Projects

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THE Green Climate Fund (GCF) through the Environment Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) has approved grants of N$300 million for climate action in Namibia.

The first N$150 million will be for an agricultural project to be implemented in the Zambezi, Kavango East and West regions to enhance food security. The other N$150 million will be used to support community based natural resource management in Namibia. Both projects are expected to last five years starting from 01 February 2017.Speaking at a media conference last Wednesday, agriculture minister John Mutorwa said both projects will contribute towards food security and poverty reduction.

"We expect the two projects to contribute significantly towards ensuring the sustainability of the country's natural resources; improve food security; and build capacities for crop growing famers as well as forest resource users," he said.

MAWF will execute the project with the transformation of the Mashare Agricultural Development Institute (MADI) near Rundu into the Mashare Climate Resilient Agriculture Centre of Excellence.

The centre will develop capacities for many farmers as alternative farming practices will be introduced through various training programmes. More than 7 000 farmers are targeted. A pilot crop failure insurance scheme for communal crop farmers will also be implemented. This is ground breaking for Namibia, according to Mutorwa. He invited private companies to be part of the scheme.

At the same occasion, environment and tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta said the grant to support community based natural resource management will seek to ensure that assets, livelihoods and ecosystem services are protected from climate-induced risks associated with expected droughts, seasonal shifts and other climate disaster events.

About 62 000 people will benefit from the project, he said.

"I am confident that these projects will make an impact and improve the livelihoods of communities on the ground," added Shifeta. GCF made the decision to sponsor the two projects in Namibia at its 14th board meeting that took place at its headquarters in South Korea from 12 to 14 October 2016.

This Article has been cross-posted from: http://allafrica.com/stories/201610250217.html