Carrying capacity of the arid and semi-arid Limpopo rangelands in winter – Management options

Preliminary dates:
15th - 17th June, 2022

Documents to be submitted:
- CV
- Letter of motivation together with the letter of recommendation
- Copy of the passport / ID

Application deadline: The application deadlin has expired. All selected candidates will be informed after being reviewed in due time.

Location: University of Limpopo, Risk and Vulnerability Centre

Coordinating university: University of Limpopo

SPACES project: SALLnet 

Course description / preliminary learning objectives:
Current impacts of climate change and variability on livestock systems in the Southern African region are a major concerns. Particularly for the livestock system in Limpopo, increased temperature and limited rainfall as reported by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will continue to affect water and feed resources translating into poor animal health and production. Amid these large uncertainties, it is necessary to review the current livestock systems and assess the effect of the associated climate variability in an attempt to develop context-specific adaptation choices. The objective of this capacity building workshop is to bring together scientists, students and stakeholders to highlight potential risks of the climate-induced impacts on rangelands, and the consequent impacts on livestock keeping in the Limpopo province, South Africa. Furthermore, this workshop will provide a basis to explore opportunities to reduce associated risks.

Learning methods:
- Expert presentations
- Focus group discussion
- Field excursion

Expected learning outcomes:
To identify inter-related drivers of feed gaps to link current adaptation and proposed mitigation options to learn and develop a framework towards an improved livestock system.

Target group:
- Interested MSc and PhD students from the Universities of Limpopo and Venda
- Farmers (upon invitation)
- Agricultural extension officers (upon invitation)

Course coordinator:
Prof Kingsley Ayisi/Prof. Odhiambo

Course lead:
Sala Lamega, Dr. Martin Komainda