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FNB-Namibia
Account number: 555 011 525 61
Branch: Maerua
Branch code: 282273
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WHO ARE WE

“Namibia is a country that is primarily arid to semi-arid, as is about 30% of the globe. How can sustainable development take place in such environments? The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia was established to support research but also to address sustainable development throughout arid lands. The DRFN tackles issues ranging from water to energy to land from a human and a basic biophysical perspective, as well as undertaking awareness and capacity building necessary to support this approach”


- Dr.M.K. Seely, Founding Director

After a lengthy and harsh drought, the early showers of rains that were received during the beginning of 2021 have transformed the barren Kalahari sand plains into a green oasis of crops. Despite some noticeable challenges as too much rainfall, the sprawling of seasonal insects and mice feasting on the newly planted crops, the time has arrived to feast on the efforts of their labour.  Crops such as maize, beans, tomatoes, onions, pumpkin, spinach, and many more are finding their way to the plates. The rains also nurtured to life some of the beloved veld foods such as the coffee tree, maramba b...

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The Paris Agreement has a goal of limiting global warming 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. To date, mitigation pledges by nations fall far short of what is needed, with the world on track to warm by 3.2°C by the end of the century. 

For Namibia, local warming and drying will be greater than the global average. So, even at 1.5°C increase in global temperature will have severe local impacts, negatively affecting water supply, agriculture, health, and other...

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The community of Donkerbos is located in one of the remotest localities  in Namibia and is only accessible by 4x4 vehicle and as result service delivery is very slow or in some cases non-existent. There are no shops to purchase food or anything that ordinary Namibians take for granted.  Over the years the community has undertaken dryland crop farming activities with financial assistance from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform (MoAWLR) and the implementing partner the DRFN. This enabled families  to have access to healthy vegetables, and ensured food security especially in times...

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By Cecilia Ndunge

CLARE-Namibia Project Lead

After “hectic” preparations for the training, the day finally came for us to travel to Okahao. I, all excited and nervous (since it was my first time going to do such training). I packed my bags and was ready to leave Windhoek. Panduleni Nghipandulwa from NID and myself arrived at the Eros Airport and we started conversating as we waited to check-in. Little did we know we were waiting for a little shock: excess fees for the extra kilograms because of the books for participants. All got sorted in a few minutes and we were ready to board. But first…a ...

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DRFN is an implementing partner of the Th!nkNamibia https://www.thinknamibia.org.na
- Environmental Awareness, Renewable Energies, Climate Change, and Sustainable Forest Management Campaigns.
In collaboration with the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN), the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) is implementing the ‘Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Kavango-Zambezi-Region in Namibia’ (NSFM)-Project that is funded by the European Union (2020 – 2023)....
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