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Carrying Capacity, Rangeland Degradation and Livestock Development for the Communal Rangelands of Botswana

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Abel, Nick
Date: 1993
Agency: Overseas Development Institute, London
Series: Pastoral Development Network Paper 35c
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/4601
Sector: Grazing
Region: Africa
Subject(s): rangelands
grazing
livestock
conservation
Abstract: "A useful debate is developing over carrying capacity and the degradation of communal rangelands in sub-Saharan Africa. With a few lonely exceptions, scientists and policy-makers have in the past claimed that degradation is universal and livestock productivity lowered because of overstocking on communal range. This position has been mainly dogmatic. More recent research has not supported dogmatists; hence the debate, which impinges on livestock development policy in Botswana."

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