Africa has the largest youth quotient worldwide and Botswana is no exception in this regard. Unfortunately, while the number of young people is high, so too is the rate of unemployment within this demographic. As such, initiatives like the YDF help mitigate the gap between job seeking and job creation. Attended by 41 participants, the workshop also featured various other key stakeholders such as Botswana Police Services, Departments of Agricultural Business Promotion, Forestry and Range Resources, Wildlife and National Parks, Veterinary Services and Animal Production. Each organization gave a presentation on subjects relating to optimized livestock production, management and business acumen – including record keeping.
CCB gave a detailed presentation on predator-safe livestock farming with particular emphasis on the use of livestock guarding dogs (LGDs) as a method which has proven to be very successful among many of those who have implemented it. Our work with LGDs has shown remarkable progress with a notable rise in the desire for trained puppies among the farming communities. Other important topics included rangeland management, livestock diseases, and alerting the grantees to factors which contribute to livestock theft. By leading such interventions, CCB hopes to continue to build partnerships with other organizations and strengthen its relationships with farmers to truly promote coexistence while encouraging independent livelihoods among the communities we work in. We remain grateful to state departments which collaborate with us on projects like these workshops.