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  • ASSAR series on critical temperature threshold

    Posted on Oct 16, 2018

    <p>The African Climate &amp; Development Initiative (<a href="http://acdi.uct.ac.za/">ACDI</a>), based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), working together with the University of Namibia (UNAM) and University of Botswana (UB), is producing a series of journalistic articles which address key research findings relating to how semi-arid regions in southern Africa should respond to the threat of a changing climate. </p> <p>This series is part of the outputs from a collaborative research project: Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR). This 5-year (2014-2018) project focuses on climate change adaptation in the Omusati Region in Namibia ...</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>

  • Finale: radio stories on climate change

    Posted on Sep 18, 2018

    <p>The final show of the radio show looked at the value placed on livestock by rural farmers and why livestock. The news story on what transpired from the show can be read <a href="http://www.assar.uct.ac.za/news/livestock-wealth-rural-namibians">here</a>. The DRFN wishes to thank all of our esteemed stakeholders who part-took in this information sharing campaign and our gratitude also goes to Ms.  Ndamonako Anna Iita, who was the intern spearheading this activity.</p> <p>Those who are interested in recordings from these broadcasts, are welcome to contact our office for copies thereof.</p>

  • Gender, agriculture and climate change: Namibia radio show update

    Posted on Sep 17, 2018

    <p>The ASSAR radio show that has been airing on the KATI-fm radio-waves; which discusses various topics of interest in relation to the project findings has been on air since Monday 30 July 2018 and the last session will be broadcast next Monday 24 September 2018.</p> <p>The past 3 episodes focused on gender, agriculture and climate change and the in-studion guest included Ms. Margaret Angula (UNAM), Mr. Martin Embudile (Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry) and Mr. Sion Shifa (Ministry of Environment and Tourism) as they shared their expertise on the topics under discussion.</p> <p>For an update on what...</p>

  • ASSAR Spotlight on capacity building

    Posted on Sep 17, 2018

    <p>The role of the DRFN on the ASSAR project is to ensure that the research findings from the project are shared strategically within the country, and beyond to enable evidence-based research uptake. This has been achieved through the ASSAR "research into use" approach, which has been assigned to Bernadette Shalumbu since 2016 .</p> <p>One purpose of the DRFN is to enhance decision making for sustainable development which is achieved through evidence-based research, capacity development, evidence based advocacy and lobbying and the position of the DRFN within the ASSAR project allowed for all of these t...</p>

  • Innovative tech meets Donkerbos community

    Posted on Sep 06, 2018

    <p>The Donkerbos community had the opportunity to meet, mingle and share ancient stories as well as show off their creative skills to the tech team from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). With funding from the Embassy of Finland, NUST has created the Local Inclusive and Collaborative Technology Innovation Hub which aims to explore how digital technology can be used to develop or improve products and services in Namibia.</p> <p>The project aims to include marginalized communities into the innovation process and to ensure that products developed by marginalized communities also have ...</p>

  • ASSAR radio series: episodes 3 and 4

    Posted on Aug 29, 2018

    <p><strong>Drought and climate change communication</strong></p> <p>The third installment of ASSAR and Kati-FM's special climate change radio show, which aired Monday, August 13, addressed the dynamics and impacts of drought in northern Namibia. It looked at how communities in this area sustain their livelihoods in times of drought as well as Namibia’s legislation related to drought management.The in-studio guest for the show was Mr. Japhet Iitenge, Namibia's Director of Disaster Risk Management in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). He shared insights on when drought is categorized as a disaster in Namibia, the pol...</p>

  • ASSAR radio series: episode 2

    Posted on Aug 08, 2018

    <p>The second episode explored the role of religion and tradition in hindering in adaptation in Namibia.</p> <p>The episode discussed the deep religious and traditional beliefs about weather and climate held by community members in the Omusati region, where ASSAR has been doing its research. Some of these beliefs are stopping farmers from adopting<span> </span><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">Climate Smart Agriculture</a><span> </span>practices, such as using climate forecasts for planning farming practices, selling livestock when drought is predicted, and using alternative agricultural practices.</p> <p>To promote sustainable adaptation in the region it is necessary to b...</p>

  • ASSAR radio series on climate change is up & running!

    Posted on Aug 03, 2018

    Anna Iita the presenter with the first panelist Mr. Sion Shifa from MET

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