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UKAID Department for International Development (R4D) 2000

Participatory development of community-based management plans for livestock feed resources in the semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe

Feed Resources Livestock Zimbabwe

UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)

Titre : Participatory development of community-based management plans for livestock feed resources in the semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe

Pays : Zimbabwe

Projet de recherche pour le Développement : R7432

DFID Programme : Livestock Production

Organismes de mise en œuvre

Lead Institutes : Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Zimbabwe (IES)
Managing Institutes : Natural Resources International Limited (NRIL)
Collaborating Institutes : AGRITEX, Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Water ; Department of Research and Specialist Services, Zimbabwe ; Farming Systems Research Unit, Zimababwe ; Macaulay Land Use Research Institute

Durée : 01-01-2000 à 30-06-2004

Présentation
This project will address three inter-related developmental problems. The first is the need to increase the productivity of the livestock sector in the semi-arid Communal Areas (CA). This problem has two aspects - the direct productivity of livestock in terms of marketable physical products, and the aspect of increased crop production through improved availability of draught power. The second problem is the need to improve the productivity of the graze and browse resources of the semi-arid CAs. This problem is made complex by the multi-purpose nature of the vegetation resources of the CAs. The provision of graze and browse is not the only service provided by CA vegetation resources and may not be even the most important services provided by them. In managing their vegetation resources, CA communities must take cognisance of a wide range of long term, short term and immediate demands, at least some of which may be in conflict. The third problem this project seeks to address is the inherent difficulty of equitably and efficiently managing common property resource systems, when they are under increasing pressure from rapidly expanding human populations which are themselves under great pressure from increasingly unfavourable macro-economic conditions. In the case of Gutsa, the problems stated above were exacerbated by the central planning of the area under the auspices of the Mid-Zambezi Development Project (MZDP). Under this much criticised development project village, grazing and arable areas were ,rationalised,, and people forcibly moved and re-allocated arable and grazing areas. Other than the bitter disputes this project generated, many local people became ,squatters, on their own land. As increasing numbers of newcomers (immigrants and children of residents) seek arable areas and grazing lands, much of the MZDP planning is being ignored, and land use practices revert to pre-MDZP practices. The current project seeks to assist the Gutsa community to avoid the disastrous failings of the MZDP, and to develop locally appropriate management plans for common pool vegetation resources.

Total Cost to DFID : £207,987

Présentation : UKAID

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