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Title:Field abandonment and secondary succession: implications on the quality of grazing in Kweneng-North, Botswana
Author:Sebego, Reuben J.ISNI
Periodical:Botswana Notes and Records (ISSN 0525-5090)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:land use
arable farming
Agriculture, Agronomy, Forestry
subsistence farming
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41235986
Abstract:In Botswana the arid nature of most of the country predetermines the type of agricultural system, which is mainly rain-fed extensive arable production. Despite the low production rate in the agricultural sector, the demand for food is constantly increasing as the national population continues to increase. At the same time, the demand for land for arable use has increased substantially. If this demand goes on unabated, land cover changes are likely to lead to ecosystem transformation. This study focuses on the changes in land use patterns between 1982 and 1989, particularly the conversion of rangelands into arable land. It was assumed that the increase in arable land during the period has had some adverse affects on the quality and quantity of grazing. The study was undertaken in an area called Ditshukudu in the Kweneng-North subdistrict of Botswana. The results indicate that land use changes have major effects on forage quality, especially where the use changes back and forth over time. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]