Jan 12, 2016Unconventional Landscapes: Protected Areas Expansion in NamibiaDespite its arid lands, Namibia is rich in biodiversity. To date, it has 20 state-run protected areas comprising nearly 17% of the country’s total land area. These protected areas are a centrepiece of Namibia’s tourism industry, which in turn sustainably supports the country’s economic development.
Jun 5, 2015UNDP supports mushroom projectSituated in Luderitz, a coastal town of Namibia, the Oukumwe Support Group Mushroom Project has developed production methodologies for the cultivation of oyster mushroom, which is among the crops that have been successfully adapted to the coastal environment. The project is supported by the Global Environment Facility Small Grant Programme (GEF SGP) and implemented by UNDP.
Jun 5, 2015Settling in VasdraaiMany Namibians in rural areas work on commercial farms, privately owned, to earn a living and support their families. For some, this suddenly changed in 1997 when 73 families, who were previously employed as farm workers and squatters on the Seeis farm near Windhoek, were expelled and resettled on the Vasdraai farm.
Nov 6, 2013Adapting to water shortages in arid Namibia“Normally it rains this time of year, but not a drop has fallen,” complains farmer Paulus Amutenya. “My crops are burning on the field.” It’s mid‐November in Outapi, a small farming town in Northern Namibia, not far from the Angolan border. Outapi is always hot, but this year the rains that cool the soil and allow crops to germinate are exceptionally late. For weeks now farmers have been praying for clouds to appear in the clear blue sky.
Nov 6, 2013Improve your goat and beat climate changeThe shadows are already getting longer as we head off to tate Reinhard’s homestead deep in the mopane woodlands of northern Namibia. Andreas Shilomboleni, coordinator of the Country Pilot Partnership’s (CPP) Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) project guns the Landcruiser over sandy roads that meander between the thousands of oshana’s ‐ open spaces that get flooded in the rainy season.
Nov 6, 2013Understanging Poverty Data in NamibiaStatistics emerge in frequent surveys conducted by the Namibian government but the surveys rarely are followed by extensive analysis. As a consequence, understanding the linkages between poverty, inequality and economic growth and what options exist to bridge the gap between rich and poor are key public policy challenges in this southern African country.
Nov 6, 2013UNDP supports towards Poverty analysis in NamibiaThe Economic Policy and Poverty Unit of UNDP Namibia in partnership with the Stellenbosch University’s research on Social Policy Centre and the Southern Africa Social Policy Insight all based in South Africa through South-South Cooperation successfully empowered 14 Development Advisors from National Planning Commission and Data Analyst from Namibia Statistics Agencies on how to undertake studies on constructing and analysing poverty mapping and deprivation indexes using STATA Software. Despite the classification of Namibia as an upper Middle Income Country, there is still wide level of inequality in the country.