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What does the new century offer range science in southern Africa?


Abstract

Range Science, as a developing discipline in southern Africa, is reviewed over its 60 years of formal existence. The context of the African political and socia-economic environment is used as a background to examine the impact that range science has made on the agricultural and conservation arenas. The relations between organised agriculture, government, conservation agencies and the non-formal sector regarding the development of the discipline are reviewed. The role of professional societies, such as the Grassland Society of Southern Africa and the Zimbabwe Grassland Society, are seen as key to the future development of the discipline and a sustainable land-use, involving the region's rangelands, in both the resource-poor and well-resourced sectors. The need to adapt to the dynamic political and economic environment as well as the changing human- and financial-resource allocations by government is debated.

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