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WE ARE DRFN

The DRFN being a non-profit organization depends on funding from external sources to implement some of its activities.
If you wish to make a donation towards the work that the organization implements, please make use of these banking details.
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DRFN
FNB-Namibia
Account number: 555 011 525 61
Branch: Maerua
Branch code: 282273
Swift code: FIRNNANX

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

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.

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.

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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 .

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...

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Drought and climate change communication

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...

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The second episode explored the role of religion and tradition in hindering in adaptation in Namibia.

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 Climate Smart Agriculture practices, such as using climate forecasts for planning farming practices, selling livestock when drought is predicted, and using alternative agricultural practices.

To promote sustainable adaptation in the region it is necessary to b...

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DRFN is an implementing partner of the ThinkNamibia Environmental Awareness and Climate Change Campaign
www.enviro-awareness.org.na
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This website was created with the support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation.