Insufficient Rainfall

Namibia is the 34th largest country in the world and has the least rainfall in sub-saharan Africa.

Namibia is one of the more prosperous countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It is a popular tourist destination. Yet there is a wide gap between rich and poor. Many people rely on farming, and failed rains can have a devastating impact. Some communities are completely at the mercy of the weather.

In 2013, almost half the population of 2.3 million experienced crop failure and food shortages. It was the worst drought that the country had experienced for 30 years. Tsumkwe received only 312.8mm (12in) of rainfall. My heart sank when I saw this total because I know this was not enough for almost all crops.

milletcropIn 2014, Tsumkwe received 856.8mm (33in) of rainfall. Praise God!!!

Tsumkwe has started 2015 with just 46mm (1.8in) of rain. Please pray for rain, so they can have a crop this year.

It saddens my heart to see pictures of a farmer in his field of millet that has been stunted by insufficient rain. He will be lucky to harvest half of his usual crops. Very thankful God’s has given me the technique/tool called Farming God’s Way to help. Simply by adding mulch to protect the soil and compost in the planting stations, this crop could be 10-12 feet tall.

I am excited to go and build relationships with the San as we learn to farm well together in the Kalahari Desert.

 

 

 

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