Time to plough

George Epalanga farms in Dzoti Conservancy
Kazi Kumukwake

The year is turning the corner, and we hope that after four long years of drought the rains will come. George Epalanga farms in Dzoti Conservancy, Zambezi Region. He is one of a group of lead farmers selected by Namibia Nature Foundation to practice and teach conservation agriculture.

Looking forward to 2017, NACSO and our members will be pioneering new approaches to conservation.

Conservation agriculture results in much greater crop yields, using nothing more than cattle manure, mulch and rainfall – and the know-how to ‘rip’ the field so that water is retained to release the nutrients in the manure.

In smaller fields, conservation agriculture can be done with a hoe. See farmer Kazi Kumukwake below, also in Dzoti.

Although wildlife is the focus of conservation worldwide, many countries look to Namibia to seek inspiration and guidance from our CBNRM programme, which is driven by ordinary conservancy members, conservancy managers and game guards.

Details of the programme, and our annual report: The State of Community Conservation, can be found on this site. The 2015 report was launched at the NACSO offices on 5 December, and we would like to extend our thanks to the data team of Alice Jarvis and Tony Robertson, to the NACSO working groups, and everybody else who worked to provide information for the report.

Our office will be closed from 13 December until 11 January, so we wish all of our members, partners, supporters and friends a wonderful festive season.

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