Climate Resilient Agriculture in three of the Vulnerable Extreme northern crop growing regions (CRAVE)

Climate Resilient Agriculture in three of the Vulnerable Extreme northern crop growing regions (CRAVE)

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 14 Oct 2016 at B.14
  • Est. completion 14 Mar 2024
  • ESS Category Category C

Increasing the climate-resilience and reducing the food insecurity of subsistence farmers in Namibia.

Namibia’s northern small-scale subsistence farming communities are vulnerable to climate-related challenges as incidents of drought and high temperatures increase. The communities in Zambezi, Kavango East and West are dependent on primary production and natural resources, rely on rain-fed (dry land crop production) agriculture, and have limited livelihood options and employment opportunities. These communities experience high levels of poverty, and climate change is expected to lead to reduced crop yields, loss of ecosystems services (such as water purification and biomass energy) and ecosystem degradation.

CRAVE will reduce food insecurity by allowing beneficiaries to acquire abilities to adopt conservation agriculture and climate-resilient agricultural practices to produce food, as well as providing them with access to renewable energy.

The project will scale up the adoption of adaptive measures such as conservation agriculture and micro drip irrigation. A centre of excellence, the Mashare Climate Resilient Agriculture Centre of Excellence (MCRACE) will also be established, which will carry out demonstration pilots including a fertilizer mixing plant, organic manure and guano trials. Farmers will be provided with sustainable access to off-grid solar energy technologies including water pumping for small-scale micro horticultural systems, and refrigeration for harvested food, reducing the dependency on imported fuels.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 5 years.

Total project value






Result areas

Project timeline


19 Apr 2016 - 179 days

Cleared by GCF Secretariat

19 Apr 2016

Funding proposal received

22 Apr 2016

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

01 Sep 2016


14 Oct 2016 - 152 days

Approved by GCF Board

14 Oct 2016

Cleared by iTAP

14 Oct 2016

FAA executed

15 Dec 2016

Under implementation

14 Mar 2017 - 2,685 days so far

FAA effective

14 Mar 2017

Disbursement - USD 3,085,000

21 Jun 2017

Annual Performance Report

01 Mar 2018

Annual Performance Report

01 Mar 2019

Disbursement - USD 3,670,000

18 Apr 2019

Disbursement - USD 1,240,000

24 Nov 2020

Disbursement - USD 1,505,000

07 Mar 2022

To be completed

14 Mar 2024 - -127 days to go

One region

  • Africa

One country

One priority group

  • African States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing100% disbursed

GrantUSD 9,500,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 9,500,000


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 500,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 500,000

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Accredited Entity

Environmental Investment Fund
Mr. More-Blessings Bendict Libanda

Chief Executive Officer
P.O. Box 28157, Auas Valley, Windhoek, Namibia
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Mr. Karl Mutani Aribeb

Chief Operations Officer
P.O. Box 28157, Auas Valley, Windhoek, Namibia
Phone +264 61 431 7701
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National Designated Authority

Ministry of Environment and Tourism
Mr. Paulus Ashili Primary
Mr. Timoteus Mufeti Primary
Mr Petrus Muteyauli Primary
Deputy Director, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Department of Environmental Affairs
Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Private Bag 13306, Windhoek, Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia