About the Livelihood Support Programme (LISUP) to the resettlement projects of Drimiopsis, Skoonheid and Donkerbos-Sonneblom in the Omaheke Region
LISUP stands for Livelihood Support Programme to Resettlement Projects in the Omaheke Region. It concerns an integrated rural development programme aimed at improving the living conditions in the resettlement projects of Skoonheid, Drimiopsis and Donkerbos/Sonneblom in the Omaheke Region. The programme targets both San and non-San households living in the group resettlement projects and ultimately aims to contribute to food security in the resettlement projects through capacity building and skills development. LISUP is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement and the Omaheke Regional Council, whereas the Spanish NGO Foundation CEAR is the direct donor and implementing partner of the DRFN. LISUP has commenced a second phase of implementation in November 2010 with a duration of 3.5 years, which aims to test strategies and models for sustainable development of livelihoods in group resettlement farms. The first phase ran from 2007 to 2010 and was characterized by laying a foundation in agricultural production and community development. The second phase of the LISUP programme has three major components:
1. Strengthening agricultural development, with a major focus on strengthening capacity for crop and vegetable production in semi-arid environments and improving access to basic inputs and farm resources. In addition attention is given to strengthening capacity in livestock development, animal husbandry and rangeland and forest management.
2. Diversification of the income generating potential in the group resettlement projects. This involves capacity building in the production and marketing of San arts and crafts through the Art-i-San label, including beaded jewellery, beaded arts pieces, wooden sculptures and wired art and craft pieces. This line of work is undertaken in partnership with OMBA Arts Trust. In addition LISUP strives to test and implement at least one additional income stream, such as e.g. leather production or marketing of indigenous resources such as devil’s claw.
3. The third component of LISUP concerns strengthening local and regional institutional capacity with regards to both agricultural development and income diversification. This in practice means that LISUP builds capacity for integrated planning between communities and regional service providers with a bottom-up nature. Apart from strengthening local farm management structures, this is realised by so-called Forums for Integrated Resource Management (FIRMs) which are platforms for joint planning and decision making in which the local community is put in the driving seat.
Overall, LISUP is characterised by a participatory approach to sustainable resource management and livelihood development. This means that substantial attention is paid to actively engaging beneficiaries in resource management and livelihood development by means of engaging beneficiaries in joint planning and implementation of program activities, and by advocating active beneficiary contributions in the form of sharing ideas, sharing labour and by making small financial contributions for acquiring new assets that support local development and for infrastructure development and maintenance.
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