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  • ASSAR radio series podcasts are now available

    Posted on Jan 18, 2019

    <p>As part of the project's aim to inform and transform climate change adaptation and policy the ASSAR project held a series of radio-shows last year on the Oshiwambo radio station (KATI-fm). Key Informative Interviews (KII) conducted by the project researchers indicate that radio is the most common source of information for most people and  66% of the population  have access to this service.  Furthermore, many people who rely on extension services often are not able to access such services and therefore the radio series made provision for various staff of the key ministries involved in the clima...</p>

  • WELCOME 2019

    Posted on Jan 14, 2019

    <p>As we commence with the new year we would  like to extend a hand of appreciation to all our esteemed stakeholders and we look forward to yet another year of collaboration.</p> <p>Once again we would like to remind our stakeholders that the DRFN will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020, and therefore we are calling on all alumni of the DRFN (students, staff, interns, researchers, associates, board members, volunteers, sponsors etc) to assist us with the compilation of a "memory book" to mark this milestone. If you have been a part of the DRFN in one way or another please send us an email with ...</p>

  • We are on a holiday break!

    Posted on Dec 14, 2018

    <p>Dear Esteemed Partners,</p> <p>Please note that we have officially closed our offices for the holidays as from 17 December 2018. We will re-open as from the 14th of January 2019.</p> <p>Wishing you a blessed festive season and a wonderful new year!</p> <p>DRFN team</p>

  • Application form: Adaptation Fund pre-concepts

    Posted on Dec 05, 2018

    <p>The application template can be downloaded here: <a href="http://www.drfn.org.na/storage/app/media/uploaded-files/project-pre-concept-form-af-2019-1.doc">Project pre-concept form AF 2019 (1).doc</a></p>

  • Adaptation Fund: Call for pre-concepts for climate change projects

    Posted on Nov 29, 2018

    <p>The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN), in its capacity as the accredited National Implementing Entity for the Adaptation Fund (AF) in Namibia, hereby calls for the submission of pre-concepts for proposed climate change adaptation projects to be carried out in Namibia.</p> <p>The AF finances climate change adaptation projects in the following 9 sectors:</p> <p>•        Agriculture</p> <p>•        Coastal Zone Management</p> <p>•        Disaster Risk Reduction</p> <p>•        Food Security</p> <p>•        Forests</p> <p>•        Multisector Projects</p> <p>•        Rural Development</p> <p>•        Urban Development</p> <p>•        Water Management</p> <p>More...</p>

  • Energy efficient cooking in the Kalahari

    Posted on Nov 15, 2018

    <p>The climate in Donkerbos is characterized by high temperatures, low rainfall and long dry seasons. In recent years, this region has started to have extreme weather events more often than in the past. Last year two of the boreholes in this community have run dry. This is due to climate change, which has caused very bad droughts. Climate change is most worrying for local communities who depend on agriculture for food security and income diversification. The environmental conditions in Donkerbos are desert like, the water table is very deep (mostly deeper than 110m) and groundwater provides the o...</p>

  • ASSAR radio series finale: episode 9

    Posted on Oct 23, 2018

    <p>The final episode in this series focused on the value of livestock, why farmers value their livestock herd as an investment and why such farmers are not quick to adapt to smart agricultural practices.</p> <p>One of the reasons is that,<a href="http://www.uct.ac.za/sites/default/files/image_tool/images/138/AF2018/posters/Considering%20religion%20and%20tradition%20in%20climate%20smart%20agriculture_Insights%20from%20Namibia_Julia.pdf" target="_blank"><span> </span>as ASSAR found</a>, many farmers in northern Namibia have deep-seated religious beliefs and see symbolic significance in their traditional ways of doing things. Rather than seeing this as a barrier to adaptation, it can been seen as an opportunity to promote climate smart agriculture. By working with religious and traditional value systems, extension workers could promote ...</p>

  • ASSAR: What the latest assessment on global warming means for southern Africa

    Posted on Oct 23, 2018

    <p>The principal investigator of the ASSAR project for Southern Africa, Prof. Mark New recently published an article on the implications of the 1.5 degrees warming in countries that ASSAR is working in. The full article can be read <a href="https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/">here</a>. The Paris Agreement has a goal of limiting global warming to well below 2°C, ideally 1.5°C. Understanding the local-level impacts of these global temperature targets is crucial for informing climate change adaptation needs and actions.</p> <p>In addition to the full report, Mark also wrote a news piece on what the 1.5 degrees warming could imply for countries such as Na...</p>

  • Calling on the DRFN alumni: 30th anniversary celebrations

    Posted on Oct 09, 2018

    <p>The DRFN will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020, and therefore we are calling on all alumni of the DRFN (students, staff, interns, researchers, associates, board members, volunteers, sponsors etc) to assist us with the compilation of a "memory book" to mark this milestone. If you have been a part of the DRFN in one way or another please send us an email with the following information:</p> <p>Name and Surname (include maiden name, if applicable) <br>Year(s) that you have been with DRFN <br>What activities where you engaged with? <br>Fondest memories and or milestones? <br>Short description o...</br></br></br></br></p>

  • ASSAR radio series on drought management

    Posted on Sep 24, 2018

    <p><a href="http://www.assar.uct.ac.za/sites/default/files/image_tool/images/138/Southern_Africa/ASSAR%27s%20work%20on%20drought%20-%20information%20brief%20-%20August%202016.pdf" target="_blank">ASSAR’s research</a> has found that for people to stay, and thrive, in Namibia’s northern rural areas, government needs to find ways to better support rural communities so that they have various ways to maintain their livelihoods during times of drought. ASSAR’s research recommends the need for climate-smart agricultural methods, and the development of economic opportunities for livelihoods outside of agriculture. </p> <p>Importantly, rural communities in semi-arid regions need access to state support during drought but in a way that does not create a dependent relationship that leaves communities waitin...</p>

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