EIF to distribute 750 goats in Kunene

The Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform and the Kunene Office of the Governor will hand over 750 goats and 300 energy efficient stoves to community members at Sesfontein, Fransfontein and Warmquelle.

EIF spokesperson Lot Ndamanomhata says the handover, held under the Improving Rangeland and Ecosystem Management (Irema) Kunene Project, will take place 29 February.

The five-year project has been running since 2019 and it is funded by the Green Climate Fund through the EIF.

The project aims to reduce vulnerability and build the resilience of smallholder farmers to cope with the negative effects of climate change.

In November 2020, the project facilitated the handover of 425 goats to 20 vulnerable farmers, 12 of whom were women. Each farmer received 20 female goats (does) and one buck (male goat) valued at an estimated at N$900 000.

The handover also included drought relief fodder (grass, lucerne and licks), valued at N$1,2 million, distributed to more than 2 500 farmers as part of the Irema project’s interim intervention supporting farmers to cope with the devastating and prolonged drought in the region.

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