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Improving food and agriculture resilience of flood-affected farmers in Zambia and Namibia

Improving food and agriculture resilience of flood-affected farmers in Zambia and Namibia

Full title of the project:

Improving food and agriculture resilience of flood-affected farmers in the Zambezi River Basin

Target areas:

Namibia and Zambia

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 500 000
Implementation:
01/09/2011-02/03/2012
Project code:
OSRO/RAF/109/USA
Objective:

To strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities and households 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, National Red Cross Societies, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (Namibia) and Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (Zambia).

Beneficiaries reached:

800 vulnerable households (4 800 individuals).

Activities implemented:
  • 800 beneficiaries were trained on good agricultural practices, conservation agriculture, business and marketing skills, and post-harvest storage and processing.
  • Beneficiaries were provided with 9.7 tonnes of seed of early maturing, adaptable cowpea, maize, sorghum, millet, rice and groundnut varieties.
  • Distributed 300 breeding goats and 90 breeding chicken to 90 beneficiaries who will pass on the second livestock offspring to other community members.
Impact:
  • The inputs provided by the project enabled farmers to diversify production, increase hectarage, replenish seed stocks and improve their yields.
  • The provision of training enabled beneficiaries to increase farm productivity, reduce post-harvest losses, add value to products and increase profits.
  • By diversifying crop production, the project helped mitigate the risk of losing an entire harvest to flooding or drought.