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Future Farmers of Africa

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Project begin: 01/01/1992

How can wild animals and farmers co-exist in harmony? How can cheetahs live alongside cattle? For Dr Laurie Marker, this involves reconciling animal conservation and economic development in rural Namibia.

Leading organisation: Cheetah Conservation Fund
The country where the team is based: Namibia
Theme: Biodiversity, Education for Sustainable Development
Sub-themes: Agriculture, Environment, Forests and desertification, Participatory science/citizen science, Resources management
Tag: #Africa #Women #Youth
Selection: 2021
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More than 90% of wild cheetahs in Namibia live outside Protected Areas, which endangers cattle. With The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), Dr Laurie Marker decided to tackle the conflict between wild animals and farmers, who suffer catastrophic consequences when losing livestock. Her vision? Enable cheetahs to co-exist with local populations within a sustainable system that protects the environment and is socially responsible and economically viable.

Living in harmony with wild animals

Through the CCF, she implemented the Future Farmers of Africa programme. The aim? Work with farmers to raise awareness, develop and implement cattle management techniques that respect wild animals – for example, introducing Anatolian and Kangal sheep dogs that have been used to protect cattle from wolves and bears in Turkey for centuries.

This programme has reduced the number of cattle lost by 80%, as well as making local inhabitants more aware of cheetahs as an integral part of their ecosystem.

The CCF also hosts students, interns and tourists who participate in the different conservation activities. The next step? CCF wishes to develop a similar programme in Somaliland.

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