The annual Ghanzi Agricultural Show was hosted in Ghanzi from the 26 - 29 June 2013, with exhibitors ranging from traders, corporates, government, parastatals, private institutions, NGO's, individuals, including livestock owners, who showcased their products and services. The show was held under the theme, Diversified Agricultural Production, the key to food security and sustainable economic development. CCB participated at the show and the main objectives were to showcase our services, share knowledge and information with the farming communities and the general public, and to answer questions from our stall visitors. The traffic at our stall was overwhelming as we also had a competition running where the winner recieved CCB merchandise after asking a series of cheetah related questions. The general outcome was that people were very interested in our services, asking many questions on predator safe livestock farming such as the use of livestock guard dogs (LSGD). In return,they shared their farming experiences with us and some even registered for the LSGD programme.We gave out CCB resources and we hope that such information and support will result in improved attitudes towards predators and a realisation that indeed coexistence is possible in order to save the predators of Botswana and protect livelihoods.
The theme for 2013 World Environment Day celebrations is Think. Eat. Save. The theme encourages everyone to reduce their foodprint. Food production and waste is an enormous drain on natural resources and a contributor to negative environmental impacts. The massive consumption of both renewable and nonrenewable resources contributes to a loss of biodiversity. Ecosystem health is essential to long term food security and to promote sustainable livelihoods where agricultural production and resource conservation positively reinforce each other. This year’s campaign rallied everyone to take action and minimize the environmental impact of food production and force food production processes to become more efficient.
CCB attended the celebrations in Gaborone, Botswana on the 5th June 2013 at Botanical Gardens with other stakeholders to showcase Botswana’s stand in reducing their foodprint. There were different kinds of activities lined up for the day including an environmental march in the morning led by Botswana Prisons brass band, opening remarks by the Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Hon. Tshekedi Khama, representations from other local ministries, foreign embassies and from the UN. There were also poems, traditional dance and drama presentations performed by local schools and youth groups ending with a prize giving ceremony for those who excelled in presenting their information and products in line with the theme.