Africa / Agriculture / Environment / Ethiopia / Kenya / Livelihoods / Livestock / Namibia

Reversing desertification with livestock in Zimbabwe

Overgrazing is often seen as a major cause of desertification. But by changing the way animals are managed, the Savory Institute (SI) and Africa Center for Holistic Management (ACHM) have restored 2,700 hectares of degraded land close to Victoria Falls by increasing livestock numbers by 400 per cent. Having increased land productivity, water availability and … Continue reading

Agriculture / Animal Breeding / Animal Feeding / Climate Change / East Africa / ILRI / Namibia / Southern Africa

Climate change will have a great impact on Southern African livestock

Cattle herd walks home along dry riverbed in Tete Province, Mozambique (photo: ILRI/Mann) ‘A researcher at the International Livestock Research Institute says climate change will have a great impact on Southern African livestock and coastal systems in future. ‘Mario Herrero says by 2050, [some] of Africa will have to revert to livestock farming from crop … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Production / Dairying / Livestock / Namibia / Southern Africa

SADC short of meat, dairy products

Though southern African countries under SADC have made progress in livestock production over the past decade, they remain a net importer of meat, milk and eggs. “SADC remains a net importer of these products, which means we still have to do a lot more and there is potential for us to even meet the regional … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Diseases / Disease Control / Namibia / RVF / Southern Africa

Namibia prevented spread of Rift Valley fever, saved lives

FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf yesterday commended Namibia for acting swiftly and effectively to halt the spread of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) in the country during recent outbreaks. Speaking at a meeting in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in Windhoek, Diouf praised the Namibian institutions involved. “Their alertness and prompt reaction prevented outbreaks of … Continue reading

Africa / ILRI / Livelihoods / Livestock / Markets / Namibia

Livestock and livelihoods: a partnership approach

Livestock and pensions provide the main source of livelihood for the farmers living around the Hoachanas settlement situated in the Kalahari Sandveld of Namibia. Small stock, such as goats and sheep, are crucial for food and income, with the area too dry for crop and feed production. But mortality of animals due to dry season … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Diseases / Livestock / Namibia / Southern Africa

Foot and mouth disease not such a big deal—in Namibia

Farmers in nothern Namibia are kept from accessing international markets because of an irrational fear surrounding foot and mouth disease (FMD), said Dr Gavin Thomson, representative of the SADC FMD project in Botswana. Speaking at the 46th annual Livestock Producers’ Organisation (LPO) Congress, Thomson said foot and mouth disease is a manufactured plague. Read more: (Namibia … Continue reading