CCB recently hosted an information stall for six days at the National Agriculture Show in Gaborone to distribute educational resources, and to engage with farmers about how they can achieve peaceful coexistence with cheetahs on their farms. The show ran from the 14th – 20th August 2017 under the theme, ’Practicing smart agriculture to combat the effects of climate change’. Officially opening the show, President Lt. Gen. Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama urged Batswana to reduce the food import bill by increasing Botswana’s food production. He stated that agriculture has been identified as a driver for our economy hence emphasis should be put on food production development and security. Farmers were also encouraged to use modern technology in their agricultural practices to address climate change challenges. Through all the dust and winds that comes in the month of August, the show proved to be a great platform to open dialogue with spectators and stakeholders alike about the toolbox of solutions available to minimise livestock losses by carnivores. By having farmers that see themselves as conservationists and who are able to adapt their farming plans to climate change challenges, go a long way in promoting coexistence and securing our food production and development for sustainable economic growth.
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