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van den Bosch, S. Adapting to Water Shortages in Arid Namibia


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"Temperatures are rising and rains are becoming more and more unpredictable over the years, but what can I do," he shrugs. Farming in Namibia, where the Namib and Kalahari deserts meet, has never been easy. The driest country in sub‐Saharan Africa receives a pitiful 270 millimetres of downpour per year on average. Of this 83 percent evaporates as soon as it hits the ground.

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To help farmers adapt to climate change, the Country Pilot Partnership (CPP), an alliance of seven Ministries1 in Namibia supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has started a three year adaptation pilot project in the area. "We have introduced simple and cheap methods such as drip irrigation lines, water pumps, drought resistant livestock and plant breeds, or basic water harvesting technology," says project manager Andreas Shilomboleni. "In many cases the community is expected to co‐finance the adaptation measures, so these are not free hand‐outs."

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Origin: United Nations Developement Programme (UNDP)

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