Protect and Live;Subsistance communities as custodians of the Okavango Panhandle Botswana
Protect and Live;Subsistance communities as custodians of the Okavango Panhandle Botswana
Through the ‘Subsistence Communities as Custodians of the Okavango Panhandle project Pabalelo Trust proposes a pilot project that would trial solutions for the difficulties, to establish a replicable and hope-giving model for government policy makers, subsistence farmers and stakeholders of conservation of this pristine and biodiverse World Heritage Site. The ecologically sound methods for food production promoted through CA (which includes organic, water wise backyard vegetable gardening) have been adopted all across Africa to counter lack of rural food security, therefore mitigation is proposed by a few infrastructural changes coupled with a two-year practical and theoretical training programme for both youth and elder farmers. Such a project would inspire small farmers to be be resilient custodians of their heritage but would also help heal social deterioration and inter-generational divisions.
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Project Snapshot

Pabalelo Trust
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 43,782.83
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 10,507.88
Project Number:
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
Capacity building activity: To secure and develop a more suitable demonstration site/land in an area where there is less wild and domestic animal movement and is also visible to the rest of the community and strategic partners. This will improve farmers’ chances for successful food production and improve the visibility of the organizations’ work. Acquire affordable, sustainable and reliable energy To procure and install solar energy system to be used to pump and reticulate water in the cluster farm allowing farmers to grow crops and plants. The solar energy will also be used to power the electric fence around the cluster land so as to keep wild and domestic animals from destroying the farmers’ crops. The availability of cheap and reliable energy will enable Pabalelo Trust to explore possibilities of processing and increasing the value of some of the farmers produce in the market. Training of farmers on food and veld products processing: The project will engage resource people in the natural resource industry to train Pabalelo Trust staff and project beneficiaries in processing some of the crop and veld products ensuring value addition and better prices for framers in the market. Borehole drilling: The capacity of farmers to produce more, try new methods of farming and other crops and plants has always been limited by the availability of reliable water supply. By developing a demonstration site next to the village and drilling a borehole, this will alleviate the challenges of water shortage for farmers and also illustrates water reticulation through solar energy as an alternative. In this way Pabalelo hopes to increase capacity and advocacy for change even to govt policy makers and service providers.
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
Pabalelo uses village-based communication routes, especially the kgotla, to build awareness and to consult or recruit participation. We also build on our “champions” (backyard gardeners and farmers trained earlier) to spread news in their wards and to their neighbours, when we need to ensure that more people are informed. In terms of outside awareness, the Pabalelo website ( as well as the facebook page (Pabalelo Trust) has generated considerable interest and communication, and links us with other forums for Conservation Agriculture, Permaculture and sustainable solutions. For this project we will continue along these paths, but also finalise our training curriculum and workbooks, to give a field-tested and home-grown manual to Botswana which is based on not only cultural perspectives and realities, but climate-appropriate innovations towards food security.
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Grantee Contact

Mr System Administrator


P.O. Box 68, Shakawe, Botswana. Physical Address: Plot 24, Samochima,
Shakawe , Okavango Subdistrict, Ngamiland ,

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