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Beating
Famine in
Southern
Africa
15 April
2015
Emily Mutota
RANGELAND MANAGEMENT IN
NAMIBIA
New possibilities for restori...
SIGNIFICANT FOR RANGELAND MANAGEMENT
IN NAMIBIA
Agriculture is the 3rd largest industry
(economic sector) of which livesto...
RANGELAND MANAGEMENT POLICY AND
STRATEGY
1. Guided by National Management and Policy
and Strategy
2. Min. Agriculture, Wat...
Community-based Rangeland and
Livestock Management (CBRLM)
.
To address environmental
degradation on common grazing
land ...
THE DESIRED GOAL
Heathy and productive grazing areas
Heathy livestock
Benefits for the farmer
ACTIVITIES
1. Improve husbandry practices
 Reading the land
 Improve rangeland conditions
2. Planned and combine grazing...
 Understanding grasses
growth
 “Reading and recording
what we observe on the
land
1. READING THE LAND
“I thought I was a...
2. PLANNING AND COMBINE GRAZING
Plan where to graze,
how long Info on
grasses regrowth
SHORTER (DAILY) ROTATIONAL GRAZING
Livestock moved once a day: 112 days to allow enough regrowth at each site
3. FARMING BUSINESS
1. PROMOTE DE-STOCKING WHEN GRAZING IS POOR
De-/re-stocking help to increase the number of animals.
Farmers managing the
risks off drought and
debt can grow wealth
and stability in rural
areas.”
TRAINING
SIMPLE BOOK KEEPING
SUBSIDIES TO ATTRACT FARMERS TO SELL
LESSON LEARNT FROM ACTIVITIES
1. When well managed livestock, could help to regenerate the
grass land.
2. Large herding ha...
CHALLENGES
1. Country too large: large has not be reached , success
not well shared
2. Cultural belief (status)
3. Communa...
Thank You!
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  1. 1. Beating Famine in Southern Africa 15 April 2015 Emily Mutota RANGELAND MANAGEMENT IN NAMIBIA New possibilities for restoring grassland and prosperity to rural areas.
  2. 2. SIGNIFICANT FOR RANGELAND MANAGEMENT IN NAMIBIA Agriculture is the 3rd largest industry (economic sector) of which livestock farming contributes 80 – 85% of the income generated. Its also at the heart of Namibians and their culture.
  3. 3. RANGELAND MANAGEMENT POLICY AND STRATEGY 1. Guided by National Management and Policy and Strategy 2. Min. Agriculture, Water and Forestry 3. Focus on community mobilisation and engagement: both communal and commercial
  4. 4. Community-based Rangeland and Livestock Management (CBRLM) . To address environmental degradation on common grazing land in the North of Namibia. To increase incomes of poor rural households
  5. 5. THE DESIRED GOAL Heathy and productive grazing areas Heathy livestock Benefits for the farmer
  6. 6. ACTIVITIES 1. Improve husbandry practices  Reading the land  Improve rangeland conditions 2. Planned and combine grazing  Communities develop grazing plan  Synergies livestock and crop 3. The business of farming training 1. Encourage selling (de-stocking) 2. Strengthen marketing
  7. 7.  Understanding grasses growth  “Reading and recording what we observe on the land 1. READING THE LAND “I thought I was a cattle farmer.. Now I feel I am a grass farmer..”
  8. 8. 2. PLANNING AND COMBINE GRAZING Plan where to graze, how long Info on grasses regrowth
  9. 9. SHORTER (DAILY) ROTATIONAL GRAZING Livestock moved once a day: 112 days to allow enough regrowth at each site
  10. 10. 3. FARMING BUSINESS
  11. 11. 1. PROMOTE DE-STOCKING WHEN GRAZING IS POOR De-/re-stocking help to increase the number of animals.
  12. 12. Farmers managing the risks off drought and debt can grow wealth and stability in rural areas.” TRAINING
  13. 13. SIMPLE BOOK KEEPING
  14. 14. SUBSIDIES TO ATTRACT FARMERS TO SELL
  15. 15. LESSON LEARNT FROM ACTIVITIES 1. When well managed livestock, could help to regenerate the grass land. 2. Large herding have a beneficial impact on soil and plants 3. Reducing animals number alone has not addressed the root causes of land degradation 4. Regular monitoring of livestock helps farmer to know if their investment is worth it 5. Crucial to award herders– motivation 6. Livestock is best tool available to bring about productive lands.
  16. 16. CHALLENGES 1. Country too large: large has not be reached , success not well shared 2. Cultural belief (status) 3. Communal land: Tragedy of the common 4. Population growth and climate change Effort need to be scaled up !
  17. 17. Thank You!

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