On 31 October 2012, the Competitive Smallholder Livestock in Botswana project held an inception workshop at the Botswana College of Agriculture.
The workshop brought together participants from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Ministry of Agriculture, the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis, South Africa and Namibia.
The objectives of this new project are to:
- better define smallholder livestock production systems and to identify the factors affecting the productivity of smallholder livestock producers and assess their competitiveness;
- understand and improve conditions for market participation and value addition in markets for livestock, livestock products and inputs; and
- strengthen the capacity of agricultural education and extension.
The presentations and discussions focused on the competitiveness of smallholder livestock in the southern Africa region as well as market participation of smallholders.
Below are links to the PowerPoint presentations:
- Competitive smallholder livestock in Botswana by Sirak Bahta
- Competitiveness of Botswana’s smallholder livestock production by P. Malope
- Competitiveness of smallholder livestock: The case of Namibia by Hikuepi (Epi) Katjiuongua
- Development and mentorship: Beef profit partnerships experiences by N.V. Nengovhela
The Daily Business newspaper (5 November 2012) covered the event in a news item titled, Agric to improve market participation.