Enhancement of Livelihoods Through Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation
Enhancement of Livelihoods Through Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation
To date Botswana has experienced considerable developments in all spheres of life supported by sustained high economic growth including rapid urbanisation coupled with population movements, improvements in the delivery of social services in particular health and education. Despite Botswana’s economic achievements over the last 42 years, it still faces serious challenges of poverty compared to countries of similar economic stature. Changate Conservation and Development Trust (CCDT) recognizes that the poverty problem is a consequence of a narrow economic base limiting opportunities for gainful employment; a poor endowment of agro-resources; a small and sparsely distributed population resulting in a small and fragmented internal market. Limited access to information on environmental issues coupled with unemployment and the poverty vicious circle has led to deterioration of the quality of life and environment, the ultimate resources that the communities depend on for their livelihoods.

The Changate community practice both arable and pastoral agriculture as a source of their sustenance. However, the decline in agricultural production, over dependence and exploitation of natural resources has led to loss of biodiversity and land degradation. In realizing the challenges brought by the dependence on declining agricultural production, biodiversity loss and land degradation, CCDT has identified alternative livelihood options as an opportunity and a means to diversify agricultural production while utilizing natural resources in a sustainable manner. The establishment of a community forestry nursery and packaging leaf moulds, apiculture and guinea fowl domestication will help bridge the poverty environment interface through provision opportunities for sustainable livelihoods through expansion of employment opportunities and income generation, diversify the rural economy, reduce dependence on government, maintain and improve rural capital.

Project Snapshot

Changate Conservation and Development Trust
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 498,270.58
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 13,073.39
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed

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Project Characteristics and Results
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
The Changate community citizens of Botswana and as such are the indigenous people of Botswamna. The community as the beneficiaries will be fully involved in project and hence will participation to instill a sense of ownership of the initiative.
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
The Changate community practice both arable and livestock agriculture as a source of their sustenance. However, livelihood sources have changed profoundly in post independence Botswana due in part to an unexpected mineral led economic boom. Agriculture which was the dominant sector at independence, accounting for 40% of the Gross Domestic Product has become a marginal source of income for the majority of rural households, eclipsed by amongst others, private income transfers from the non-farm sector. About 70% of rural household derive their livelihoods from agriculture. In Changate village, agricultural production is based on the traditional subsistence-oriented systems system with limited commercial activities for both crops and livestock. As a consequence of low and erratic rainfall, and relatively poor soils, arable production is predominantly a high risk and low input, rain-fed system of low productivity. Both livestock and crop production continues to experience limits on its growth posed by recurring drought, poor management, inadequate arable land, ageing farming population and inadequate use of improved technology. The majority of small scale farmers lack the necessary inputs for improving production and timely execution of farm operations. Abandonment of both arable and pastoral agriculture, rural-urban migration and poverty has reduced its potential to create employment for households. Such the challenges, has reduced the ability of the sector to help alleviate poverty, create employment and improve food security at household level.
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Grantee Contact

Mr Nobleman Simon Dintwa
Phone: +267 3643347
Email: noblemand@letshego.co.bw


P O Box 381, Gaborone, Botswana
Changate , SADC ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Abigail Engleton
+267 363-3767
Mr Baboloki Autlwetse


UN Building, Government Enclave Corner Khama Crescent & President Drive P O Box 54
Gaborone, SADC