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Session 3.5 – Improved and Holistic Grazing Systems for Southern Africa

Facilitator and Speakers

Constance Neely, World Agroforestry Centre

Osmond Mugweni, Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute

Molly Cheatham, Kusamala Institute of Agriculture and Ecology

Emily Mutota, Ministry of Environment & Tourism, Namibia

Abstract

The demand for milk and meat are projected to grow by 78 and 58 percent, respectively by 2050, when the human population will be nearly 10 billion (FAO 2011). Livestock have always played a major role in African agriculture, with significant contributions to GDP of the agricultural sector, as well as for livelihood diversification, food and nutritional security, and enhanced ecosystem services.  Extensive livestock production is considered to be one of the most sustainable food systems in existence (IUCN, UNEP, 2014) and it offers solutions to issues of food and nutrition insecurity, climate change, biodiversity loss, and land degradation as well as other relevant Sustainable Development Goals.  This session will offer insights into the role of sustainable rangeland management, as well as the integration of livestock into farming systems and how these efforts can be taken to scale within national contexts.

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