Developing a new Climate Adaptation Program for Namibia

Rodney Pienaar
More than 50 different stakeholders from all corners of Namibia are attending a Comprehensive Conservation Agriculture Program (CCAP) development workshop in Swakopmund.

In a speech delivered on her behalf, Deputy Executive Director of Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, Mildred Kambinda, said that the major deliverable of this workshop is the development of a new Climate Adaptation Program for Namibia drawing from lessons learned.

Kambinda highlighted that Conservation Agriculture (CA), has been promoted as an entry point to Climate Smart Agriculture. “It has the potential to contribute towards mitigation of some of the climate change and food systems challenges in Namibia.”

All major stakeholders in Climate Adaption interventions ranging from development partners, academia and farmers were invited to participate in workshop to ensure ownership and successful implementation of the program.

The CCAP has been the framework for the coordinated implementation of CA by all stakeholders in Namibia.

An assistant representative of the Food and Agricultural Organisation in Namibia (FAO), Ferdinand Mwapopi stated that the workshop provides an opportunity for stakeholders to work together and contribute to the development of new Comprehensive Conservation Agriculture Programme for the next five years. “Namibia’s farmers must be inspired towards adopting sustainable agriculture practises that ensure resilience, food security and nutrition as well as environmental protection. Despite agriculture being the main source of food for the world’s population, most farming practices have negative impacts on our ecosystems and contribute to environmental degradation, example loss of soil quality.”

According to Mwapopi, in a region such as southern Africa for example, an estimated 70 percent of the region’s population is reliant on agriculture for food security, nutrition and livelihoods and the same estimation is true for Namibia where a majority of those dependent on agriculture are engaged in subsistence farming. “In order to effectively motivate these food heroes to adopt Conservation Agriculture and associated climate-smart practices, it is imperative to further improve information dissemination and awareness creation as well support to demonstrate CA practices and sharing of experiences among farmers and policymakers.”

The workshop will conclude on Thursday.