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Brussels briefing n 30 agricultural resilience in the face of crises and shocks 4 th march 2013

Brussels Briefing n. 30

Agricultural Resilience in the Face of Crises and Shocks

4th March 2013

http://brusselsbriefings.net

Building community resilience:

Namibia Red Cross approaches and successes

Federico Fadiga, EU Red Cross


Brussels briefing n 30 agricultural resilience in the face of crises and shocks 4 th march 2013

Building community resilience:

Namibia Red Cross approaches and successes

Federico Fadiga


Resilence is at the core of red cross red crescent humanitarian aid and development work

Resilence is at the core of Red Cross Red Crescenthumanitarian aid and development work

Characteristics of a resilient community:

Building resilience is part of a multisectoral process involving multiple actors attempting to protect development gains in the longer term and to reduce the dramatic decline in development that disasters and crises cause.

For the IFRC, this highlights the overlapping nature of preparedness, relief, and recovery work and bridging these to more developmental work.

Source: IFRC “Road to Resilience”, 2012


Red cross red crescent building resilience in southern africa

Red Cross Red Crescent building Resiliencein Southern Africa

Chronic hunger in southern Africa is forcing thousands of people into negative coping mechanisms.

Assets are being sold, children are being taken out of school and made to work, sex is being traded for food. Children are malnourished, some acutely. Food prices are rising.

It is a silent disaster, fed by a recurrent drought- flood cycle that is continuing to worsen, affecting families and their ability to lead a productive life.

Emergency food aid, on its own, is not enough. Real and effective recovery has to promote economic regeneration over the long term.


Namibia country context

NAMIBIA - Country Context

Area: 825.418 km2

Population: 2.100.000

Farming main source of livelihood

Economic slow-down (+ 50% Unemployment)

17,8% HIV prevalence

High TBC rates

24% -5y.o. stunted and underweight

Vulnerability to environmental shocks (droughts / local floods)


Namibia red cross integrated food security project

Namibia Red Cross Integrated Food Security Project

Falls under the Diversified Agriculture and Livelihood Support Programme (DRR)– started 2011

Goal:Increased and diversified production through correct use of soil and natural resources in Khomas, Caprivi, Ohangwena regions

Cooperation with:Government, Spanish Red Cross, FAO, local communities & business

Beneficiaries:Impoverished households and PLHIV in informal settlements

Focus on locally available capacities and opportunities

Community ownership and local knowledge as KEY elements for sustainability (beneficiaries involved in ALL phases of the programme)


Namibia red cross integrated food security project1

Namibia Red Cross Integrated Food Security Project

Organization of communities into groups and committees. Individuals share responsibilities and duties

Main activities:backyard gardening, crop planting, goat pass-on, fisheries

Trainings on:farming, hygiene, water use, disease control, group leadership, marketing…

Namibia Red Cross provides start-up packs and liaise with local governments for training and advice


Lessons learned

Lessons Learned

Projects built on local capacities/knowledge/resources have a higher success rates, are more sustainable and cheaper to manage

Investments in agriculture and food security projects should be approached from a business perspective

Need to integrate community needs into agriculture investments

People engage more in projects when there is more than just the “primary benefit”

Added value of Red Cross Volunteers at community level


Thank you

Thank You

Links:Namibia Red Cross

Red Cross / EU Office

IFRC


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