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Title:Potential for organic beef production by communal farmers in Southern Africa: a review
Authors:Kunene-Ngubane, Phumelele
Chimonyo, Michael
Kolanisi, Unathi
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Geographic term:Southern Africa
sustainable agriculture
food production
indigenous knowledge
External link:http://reference.sabinet.co.za/webx/access/electronic_journals/linga/linga_v13_n1_a12.pdf
Abstract:In recent years there has been an increased demand for sustainably raised beef. Consumers perceive organic beef as healthier and safer than conventional beef, due to production processes in which the use of chemicals is avoided. Southern African communal farmers are in a good position to produce organic beef from their indigenous cattle breeds, which are reared under natural conditions. The small 'Nguni cattle' are adapted to harsh circumstances such as inadequate and poor-quality feed due to erratic rainfall and a high incident of droughts. In addition, the Nguni cow skin is highly appropriate for producing leather products. Civic engagement amongst all stakeholders through efficient management of indigenous knowlegde systems (IKS) and science is required for the establishment and maintenance of an organic beef niche market in Southern Africa. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]