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Livelihood disaster risk reduction options for the Zambezi River Basin

Livelihood disaster risk reduction options for the Zambezi River Basin

Full title of the project:

Diversified agriculture and livelihood disaster risk reduction options for the Zambezi River Basin

Target areas:

Zambezi River Basin

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 600 000
Implementation:
28/03/2012-31/12/2012
Project code:
OSRO/RAF/206/USA
Objective:

To strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities and household livelihoods to the risk of food insecurity and agriculture losses caused by seasonal floods and droughts in the Zambezi River Basin.

Key partners:

International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), National Red Cross Societies, Ministries of Agriculture, and Zambia’s Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit.

Beneficiaries reached:

The project provided support to 300 households in Namibia and 600 in Zambia, and is estimated to have reached an additional 5 400 secondary beneficiaries.

Activities implemented:
  • Provided appropriate, early maturing varieties of maize, cowpea, groundnut, sorghum and pearl millet to beneficiaries as demonstration crops, enabling them to harvest despite erratic rains and a prolonged dry spell.
  • Ninety Lead Farmers (30 in Namibia and 60 in Zambia) were trained in Good Agricultural Practices and Conservation Agriculture, as well as food security disaster risk reduction-related topics.
  • Best practices and lessons learned were documented through field verification and shared through an end of project workshop held in Siavonga, Zambia.
Impact:
  • Beneficiaries were trained in good agricultural practices, conservation agriculture, post-harvest storage and processing, as well as business and marketing. These trainings helped beneficiaries to increase their farm productivity, reduce post-harvest losses, and add value to products in order to increase farm-related income.
  • The introduction of open pollinated varieties and self-pollinated varieties will enable farmers to carry out timely planting of adaptable, early maturing, and high-yielding varieties of crops which are appropriate to their flood and drought hazard contexts.