Our initiatives encourage grazers and farmers to work together to find sustainable ways to use the land for the benefit of both communities.
Through our project ‘In Search of Common Ground’ we have developed 58 alliance farming pairs meaning that the number of households taking up alliance farming has increased by 5% and that the number of households taking up improved pasture techniques has increased by 19% due to our work in this area.
As part of our project ‘In Search of Common Ground’ we have enabled the MBororo grazers and the farmers, who they have previously been in conflict with, to improve their use of natural resources through Alliance Farming.
Alliance farming has been promoted as a way to improve crop yield, cattle health and through collaboration between farmers and grazers and we have seen a gradual take up of sustainable and shared agricultural practices. In particular the use of improved pasture as an alternative to cattle feed source which has increased significantly.
The measures that this project have encouraged over the past three years have improved the sustainable practices of different groups within the community including:
- The number of households taking up alliance farming and the number of households taking up improved pasture techniques increased over the life of the project. Almost all of the farmer household who engaged in alliance farming have reported improved crop yields and the grazer households engaged in alliance farming report improved cattle health.
- The proportion of grazers who have adopted the use of improved pasture increased by over 20%.