Namibia is a sparsely populated and arid country bordering the Atlantic Ocean just above South Africa, from whom it gained independence in 1990. It is renowned for its vast desert and richness of wild life and natural resources. National statistics are misleading. It is classified as a middle-income country, yet a third of its population lives below the poverty line. Agriculture represents less than 10% of the GDP but 40% of households depend on subsistence farming. Improving the productivity and resilience of small farms is key to tackling rural poverty and malnutrition. Pearl millet and sorghum crop improvement, appropriate soil and water conservation practices and farmer-friendly innovation platforms within small livestock and crop value chains are some of our research priorities in Namibia.
43% - Territory under conservation in Namibia - 2012 (World Bank)
1 out of 3 - Namibia's population lives on less than $1.25 a day
134 kg/ha - Average pearl millet yield in Namibia (FAO 2012)