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Namibia: Women take lead in agriculture

Staff Writer |
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has revealed that more women have participated in the agro-ecosystem management training, also known as Conservation Agriculture (CA).

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CA is aimed at improving food productivity while preserving the environment, especially during the unstable climate change experienced in recent years.

About 57 percent of the 2,225 farmers, who received training in CA during the 2017/18 financial year are women, FAO has revealed.

FAO project coordinator, Uparura Kuvare, says apart from the farmers, 57 extension and research technicians also received training.

A national training manual has also been developed while a mobile phone-based extension and learning system is being piloted with 2,000 farmers so that it can be rolled out to the rest of the country.

CA is promoted to mitigate climate change effects including prolonged dry spells in order to boost food production. The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) is carrying out the programme in partnership with FAO.

A Comprehensive Conservation and Agriculture Programme (CCAP) framework has been developed and launched to oversee the implementation of the project. In addition to FAO, the Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU) is supporting the implementation of the CCAP through N$2 million funding from the United Nations for a period of two years.

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