The drought conditions in Namibia are the worst the country has seen in over 25 years. Livestock are dying from lack of water, while crops are shriveled up and unsalvageable, making it impossible for farmers to feed their families. Foot and Mouth disease has run rampant among livestock, decimating herds throughout the country. And grass poaching remains a serious problem for those that have worked tirelessly to replenish their grass for their own livestock, only to have poachers deliberately drive their livestock onto these grasslands, eating all the grass.
“Namibia Rangeland has deteriorated to a point where only a drastic intervention can reverse the situation,” says Colin Nott, Director of Rangeland Management for Conservation Agriculture Namibia (CAN), and Holistic Management Certified Educator. Which is why HMI is actively supporting CAN and their work in Namibia by providing Holistic Management training for CAN field staff.
CAN’s Rangeland and Marketing Development Support Project was launched in September 2014 in Kunene, Omusata, Oshana, Oshikoto, Ohangwena and Kavango East and West, with over 120,000 hectares of farmland now under improved rangeland management. With support from HMI, CAN will continue to bring Holistic Management principles and practices to the area in hopes of addressing Namibia’s agricultural challenges.
With CAN’s funding due to run out in March of 2017, CAN and HMI need your help today!