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There goes Drimiopsis

Her Excellence Carmen Díez (centre), the Spanish Ambassador, took her embassy staff and the office of the Omaheke Governor on a fact finding mission to the remote Drimiopsis community earlier this week.

Her Excellence Carmen Díez (centre), the Spanish Ambassador, took her embassy staff and the office of the Omaheke Governor on a fact finding mission to the remote Drimiopsis community earlier this week.

The resettlers at Drimiopsis, Skoonheid and Donkerbos Sonneblom have to take charge of their own livelihood programmes following this week’s handover of the support programme to the members of these communities.
On Tuesday, the Ambassador of Spain, H.E. Carmen Díez, accompanied by members from the Omaheke Governor’s office, the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement and the Desert Research Foundation visited the Drimiopsis resettlement community to verify the results of the Livelihood Support Programme in the Skoonheid, Drimiopsis and Donkerbos/Sonneblom settlements and to hand over this cooperation project to the communities.
This programme was co-funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation and the ministry and was launched in October 2010. The programme focuses on poverty reduction and food security by strengthening the capacity of local farmers.

The programme supported capacity building in agriculture, community organisatioin and leadership. Ambassador Diez said she is very pleased to see the water infrastructure, the dry sanitation units, the crafts project, and the fields of irrigated crops which the community of around 1000 people to be food self-sufficient.
She noted the importance of the commitment of the community for the continued success of the project, and stressed that this commitment will be crucial to guarantee the sustainability of what has been achieved.
She encouraged the community members to continue working hard wishing them a bountiful harvest this season.

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