Namibia Cheetah Conservation Centre Dairy Facility Installation Project
Namibia Cheetah Conservation Centre Dairy Facility Installation Project
Increasing nature-based production and tourism with community participation

Challenges

The economy of Namibia is highly dependent on mining, and the development gap among regions is remarkably high. The National Development Plan launched by the Government in 2017 defines tourism and livestock as two of the leading sectors that can help diversify sources of income and reduce high dependence on limited number of economic activities in underdeveloped regions. The Otjozondu region has low population density with a diverse wildlife, and most local people make their living from ovine breeding. The region also serves as a destination for tens of thousands of tourists who visit yearly to observe cheetahs. In this remote location, however, cheetahs attack livestock and are killed by local people trying to sustain their livelihood. 

Towards a Solution

Under the partnership between the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and the Namibia Cheetah Conservation Fund, a support programme for wildlife protection, sustainable rural economic development and ecotourism was implemented in the rural Otjozondu region of Namibia, with a view to improving livelihoods in local communities. cheese and yogurt production facility was constructedand training on milk and milk product processing was carried out. Contributions were made to several Sustainable Development Goal targets. The project aimed to strengthen the effective use of natural resources (target 12.2), increase productivity in production and harmonization with natural life (target8.4), support tourism that promotes employment by creating local products (target8.9), secure sustainable food production systems (target2.4), improve agricultural production capacity (target2.a)end poverty (target1.a) and stop biodiversity loss by preserving natural habitat (target15.5). 

 

The Cheetah Conservation Centre project to construct a cheese and yogurt production facility is part of the longer-term support programmeThis project aims to promote development in the Otjozondu region with the cooperation of local stakeholders, in accordance with national goals. It has brought knowledge and infrastructure for cheese and yogurt production to the region. The project is sustainable because it generates income and is owned by the local community. 

 

Given that the needs of local stakeholders aligned with the State’s National Development Plan, the project was fully funded by a grant that covers training sessions, equipment and logistic expenses. The Cheetah Conservation Fund has assumed the role of facilitator and ensures that the project’s income-generating activities are connected to wildlife protection. 

 

Under the Cheetah Conservation Fund projectTIKA supported the construction and installation of a cheese and yogurt production facility to utilize locally produced goat milk. With a processing capacity of 300litres per day, the facility has a fully equipped dairy farm with pasteurization and standardization unit, white cheese unit, yogurt unit and auxiliary units, which were procured from Turkey. In addition, 12,000units of cheese and yogurt containers were provided for the first batch of productsTurkish experts also provided training sessions for local producers and members of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. As a result, milk processing capacity has been increased to improve the value chain (Sustainable Development Goal targets 8.4, 12.2 and 2.a), employment is supported (target8.9) and food production is encouraged (target2.4). These activities will help to reduce poverty by reducing regional development disparities (target1.a); diversifying income in the region and establishing suitable facilities; ensuring balance between natural life and local production (targets 2.a and 8.4); and supporting local initiatives that strive to protect biodiversity (target 15.5). By using modern production techniques, it is possible to protect biodiversity and limit the hunting of wild predators, such as cheetahs, which are one of the biggest threats to ovine breeding. 

 

The project, which was developed based on Turkey’s experience in milk production, can be replicated in all developing regions. Turkey's experience in the field of milk processing can be used as the basis for development cooperation with all relevant stakeholders in the relevant natural environment. 

Contact Information

Name: Strategy Development Department Organization: Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA)

Countries involved

Namibia, Turkey

Supported by

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA)

Implementing Entities

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), Namibia Cheetah Conservation Center

Project Status

Completed

Project Period

2019 - 2019

URL of the practice

https://bit.ly/2Fdvh1a

Primary SDG

12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Secondary SDGs

01 - No Poverty, 02 - Zero Hunger, 08 - Decent Work and Economic Growth, 15 - Life on Land

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