Savannas are extremely important socio-economic landscapes, with pastoralist societies relying on these ecosystems to sustain their livelihoods and economy. Globally, there is an increase of woody vegetation in these ecosystems, degrading the potential of these multi-functional landscapes to sustain societies and wildlife. Several mechanisms have been invoked to explain the processes responsible for woody vegetation composition; however, these are often investigated separately at scales not best suited to land-managers, thereby impeding the evaluation of their relative importance.
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Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationAugust, 2019Botswana
Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationJuly, 2019Botswana, Zambia, Mali, Tanzania, Cameroon, Africa
Recent debates in social anthropology on land acquisitions highlight the need to go further back in history in order to analyse their impacts on local livelihoods. The debate over the commons in economic and ecological anthropology helps us understand some of today’s dynamics by looking at precolonial common property institutions and the way they were transformed by Western colonization to state property and then, later in the age of neoliberalism, to privatization and open access.
Library ResourcePeer-reviewed publicationDecember, 2017Botswana, Africa
In dryland Africa, access to land and water resources are central to pastoral livelihood activities. Policy intervention in these regions represents the outcome of concerted post-independence processes in which countries have committed to land tenure transformation as a policy objective. This was meant to create private, liberal property rights to replace communal customary tenure systems which were considered to be a constraint to development. Despite these efforts, decades of scientific research indicate that countries are still struggling to meet environmental sustainability objectives.
Library ResourceReports & ResearchDecember, 2016South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Sub-Saharan Africa
Library ResourceJournal Articles & BooksOctober, 2017Botswana, Southern Africa, Africa
The objective of this study was to determine the practicality of using linear body measurement traits to predict live weight of goats and sheep under communal grazing in three districts of Botswana, namely Central, Kweneng, and Kgalagadi. Pairwise (Pearson) correlations were estimated using bodyweight (BW) and morphological trait measurements, namely heart girth (HG), shoulder height (SH), and body condition score (BCS) for a sample of 1447 goats and 588 sheep. These ranged from 0.19 to 0.94 for goats and 0.44 to 0.94 for sheep, and were statistically significant.
Library ResourceTraining Resources & ToolsJanuary, 2013Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Mauritius, Malawi, Botswana
This case study draws on research that investigated the financial sustainability of cities in the Southern African region. The research was undertaken by the South African Cities Network (SACN). The project was jointly sponsored by the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility and the World Bank. The contribution by SACN of the material for this document is gratefully acknowledged. The learning material presents an outline of the many challenges of financial sustainability and effective service delivery facing Southern African cities.
Library ResourceJournal Articles & BooksNovember, 2018Angola, Mozambique, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Italy, Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Thailand
The Guide promotes adapting a convergent and people-centred gender approach towards increasing and improving the provision of goods and services from agriculture, forestry and fisheries in a sustainable manner while reducing rural poverty in different priority areas of FAO’s work. This includes gender equality, territorial development, legal aspects and natural resources management (i.e. pastoralist, forestry, watershed management, climate change and fisheries).
Library ResourceInstitutional & promotional materialsMay, 2018Kenya, Rwanda, Egypt, United States of America, Tanzania, Zambia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Samoa, Jordan, Indonesia, Botswana, Iran, Malawi, Niger, Lebanon
This brochure presents FAO’s work on mainstreaming biodiversity as a cross-cutting theme in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors. It provides examples of on-the-ground activities and highlights relevant international mechanisms. It shows how biodiversity and ecosystems benefit people in countless ways by providing food, clean water, shelter and raw materials for our basic needs. Agriculture is a major user of biodiversity but also has the potential to contribute to the protection of biodiversity.
Library ResourceJournal Articles & BooksDecember, 2018Seychelles, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, United States of America, Mauritius, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Madagascar, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Canada, Malawi, Italy, Eswatini, Switzerland
This document details the activities that were undertaken by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and cooperating agencies (the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of South Africa (DAFF), the Africa Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)) leading to the production of a Regional Aquatic Biosecurity Strategy for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and its subsequent adoption by SADC and incorporation into SADC programmes.
Library ResourceJanuary, 2010Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Eswatini, South Africa, Malawi, Sub-Saharan Africa
It has emerged quite clearly from Urban LandMark’s work in South Africa – and increasingly in the region – that the emergence of more sophisticated property markets has taken place locally and in most larger cities in the region. While there might be a need to assist these markets to develop further, in particular the need to build market institutions and professions, these groupings tend to increase their own capacities as the markets develop, mostly with little assistance.