NRCS assists small-scale crop farmers in Sibbinda Constituency

18 Sep 2019 09:50am
WINDHOEK, 18 SEP (NAMPA) - The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) in collaboration with various partners is assisting small-scale crop farmers affected by the drought in the Zambezi Region’s Sibbinda Constituency with cash grants and seed vouchers.
A media statement issued Tuesday by the NRCS said it will mobilise over N.dollars 7 million under the Cash Transfer Programme (CTP).
Under the programme, farmers who have not benefited from any other drought response programmes will receive cash to buy food and pay for education expenses and farming supplies.
“Each household registered under the CTP will receive N.dollars 3 200 over three instalments. Additionally, the project aims to improve the livelihoods of those affected by providing drought resisting seeds worth N.dollars 600 and training for conservation farming practices to the beneficiaries,” the statement said.
The NRCS provided cash grants to 599 farmers during the first round of disbursement which ended in August. Another 612 farmers where registered in the first week of September.
The statement further said although cash as a modality is not largely accepted as a standard response option for the Namibian Government, it was agreed that the NRCS could trial this kind of intervention.
“Although a small percentage of people may purchase items that one might feel are not appropriate, there is strong evidence that if we give cash to people who need money for basic things such as food, the majority of people will make important and right choices to get those needs met,” it said.
For the programme the NRCS, as the implementing national society, partnered with the Spanish Red Cross and the British Red Cross who provided the funds, technical expertise and coordination of the consortium. The German Government and German Red Cross committed funds in mid-August and joined the consortium in September.
The second round of cash disbursement will be conducted from 23 to 27 September 2019 at the Katima Mulilo post office.