Adapt or die

A changing climate will prompt changes in behaviour across Southern Africa. And when it comes to adaptation, Swazi farmer Bongani Phakathi is a frustrated man a few steps ahead of his neighbours. Traditionally, livestock in Swaziland grazes in the fields during winter, eating what’s left behind after maize and other crops are harvested. But Phakathi practises conservation agriculture on his smallholding. According to him, livestock degrades the soil – not only by eating all the maize stalks and leaving the soil bare, but also by stamping on the ground. There is a need for a clear land use policy if issues of grazing are to be addressed, because precious pasture is being lost to housing and other purposes. Read more here.

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