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Contributing to Food Security in Namibia using Aquaponics-Systems in a Pilot Project Approach Project

Namibie

Titre : Contributing to Food Security in Namibia using Aquaponics-Systems in a Pilot Project Approach Project

Pays/Région : Namibia

Durée : 2020 - 2021

Présentation
The ‘Contributing to Food Security in Namibia using Aquaponics-Systems in a Pilot Project Approach’ Project is a recently launched initiative of the ongoing TH !Nk Namibia Campaign with activities spanning for the duration of 2020 – 2021.

Funded by the Embassy of Finland, the Aquaponics Project aims to support in improving local knowledge, training skills, and human capacity development in the field of climate-resilient aquaponics with the overall objective of promoting food security and creating new livelihood opportunities in Namibia’s rural communities.

Over 60% of Namibians are directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture as their main source of sustenance, income, or other form of material support, with those living in communal areas being particularly reliant on subsistence farming. The majority of rural communities also grapple with high levels of unemployment and live on meagre incomes, thereby compounding agricultural dependence still further. In addition, the combined effects of Namibia’s prolonged economic downturn, devasting periods of drought, as well as the ongoing economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic have imposed new hardships on already struggling communities in the rural areas. Lastly, total agricultural production yields from rural farmlands continue to deplete as a consequence of climate change.

To provide a climate-smart agricultural solution to these issues, the Aquaponics Project is being launched as an alternative pathway to achieving food self-sufficiency and economic sustainability in Namibia’s rural areas. On 30 March 2021, the Project will formally inaugurate its first pilot aquaponics system at Aris Primary School, before handing system operations over to the school and the wider community.

Aquaponics presents a climate-smart alternative practice that has the potential to enhance agricultural production, boost food security and improve living standard in rural Namibia. Given the impact of climate change on the world’s environments, Namibia urgently needs to take bold and transformative action to develop traditional agricultural systems to become climate resilient and sustainable.

Objectifs
* Improve the understanding of climate-smart aquaponics among interested individuals * Improve the knowledge and skills on aquaponics amongst rural communities * Promote the development and use of aquaponics by rural communities.The target group consists of interested individuals, learners, teachers, as well as members of the local communities.

Financement : Embassy of Finland

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