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Title:The institutions research project: summary of resource management issues
Author:Brown, Chris
Series:Local institutions research project reports
City of publisher:Gaborone
Publisher:Ministry of Local Government and Lands. Applied Research Unit
Geographic term:Botswana
natural resources
Abstract:Staff members of the Institutions Research Project and the University of Botswana carried out research on the role of local institutions (traditional institutions, voluntary organizations, and extension workers) in managing natural resources. This project has resulted in a number of district reports. The present report draws on these district reports and examines how local institutions manage the main natural resources at their disposal, i.e. land, for both arable and grazing purposes, and water. Its aim is to establish generalizations at the national level. After a summary of policy recommendations and an introductory chapter, chapters 2 and 3 examine farmers' groups, which are the only voluntary organizations specifically created to manage land and water resources. Chapter 4 looks at the extension worker with primary resource management responsibilities, the Agricultural Demonstrator, while chapter 5 discusses several broader issues that are raised in the discussion of specific institutions.