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

Beneficiaries Anticipated number of people with increased resilience


GCF results areas
  • Health, food and water security
  • Livelihoods of people and communities
Gender benefits This project applies Namibia’s “zebra standard,” which denotes pursuing absolute gender parity. An equal number of women and men will be employed through this project. UN Sustainable Development Goal
  • #11 Sustainable cities and communities

Location & People

  • Africa
  • Namibia NAM
Beneficiaries (approx.) 21,000

Investment Data

  • Financing:
    • Public
    • Public / Private
    • Private
  • Project size:
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large
  • E&S Risk category:
    • Category A
    • Category B
    • Category C
Total project investment
GCF Financing
  • Instrument Grant USD
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Grant USD

Project owners

Accredited Entity Executing Entity
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) Namibia
Climate Resilient Agriculture in three of the Vulnerable Extreme northern crop-growing regions (CRAVE) Approved October 2016 Est. implementation period 5.0 years Est. completion date 14 March 2022
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.
Document title
Published date
Approved funding proposal FP023 - EIF - Namibia 22 Mar 2017
Gender assessment FP023 - EIF - Namibia 06 Jun 2017
Gender action plan FP023 - EIF - Namibia 06 Jun 2017
Accredited Entity
  • Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) Mr. Benedict Libanda Tel: +264 61 4317700 Mr. Karl Aribeb Tel: +264 61 4317701
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