RWA Namibia: Peasant Struggles & Demands

17th April marked International peasant struggle day acknowledging our food producers the small-scale farmers, landless people, fishers, and indigenous people in the world. Rural women and in Namibia joined the virtual celebration from different regions in the country with 67 rural women and other alliances that work very close with the farmers in the country in remembrance of the peasants struggle also connecting to the virtual and reflecting to the importance of implementation of UNDROP for the protection of the peasant’s rights and the importance of a peasant through meeting contributions and voice of mouth after hearing day struggle remembrance in the local radio their contribution is as follows:

Women peasants are still facing many challenges:

  • Lack of access to land, clean water, and other natural resources 
  • Lack of access to education, health, information, and participation 
  • Climate change 
  • Human wildlife conflict
  • Poor leadership of traditional leaders 
  • Lack of proper markets /Marketing competitors 

Those challenges are making it difficult for women to grow food and farm productively to earn a living and maintain their livelihood and to support their families that bring the rural communities under poverty and malnutrition. Here are some sustainable agricultures that small farmers are practicing 

  • Rotating crops
  • Embracing diversity
  • Livestock and fisheries farming 
  • Integrating crops and livestock
  • Adopting to agroforestry practices
  • Managing entire landscapes and systems
  • Water harvesting at smaller scale

We stand together as peasants across the globe and call on leaders to protect and defend our rights, as defined by the UN Declaration on Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP). The current food and farming system is broken. Public policies should support a just transition to small-scale sustainable farming, where local communities, farmers and farmworkers are respected and given the power and resources to produce and distribute food sustainably. This is the future we need to feed our societies, prevent ecological collapse, and build vibrant rural economies. Food sovereignty is the future.

The women are thanking the government for the horticulture/poultry support programme to empower small scale producers, the subsidiary programme that targets producers with an average production land of 0.01- 0.5 hectares. The request is for the government to address the water crisis for this programme to benefit and leave anyone behind and to add more other livestock revolving programmes to benefit livestock farmers that have lost their livestock during the severe drought.

The request for documentations and acknowledgment of traditional medicines and knowledge as it’s the only healthiest way to live with (herbs that heal).

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