The Grassland Society of Southern Africa (GSSA) is involved and concerned with the science and practice of range and pasture management. This broad field involves primarily the use and conservation of natural resources. It encompasses applied fields such as livestock production, wildlife management, nature conservation, water catchment management and range and mine-dump rehabilitation. The disciplines include, amongst others, ecology, botany zoology, range and pasture science, animal science, soil science and genetics. This collection includes journal articles from the African Journal of Range and Forage Science as well as related articles and reports from throughout the Southern African region.
Managing drought and locust invasions in Africa
Land Use Policy
The two most critical African natural disasters, drought and locust outbreaks, are least understood in terms of the four activities considered essential to long-term disaster reduction: hazard prediction, risk assessment, disaster preparedness and disaster management. In finding a solution to the drought and desertification that plague Africa's Sudano-Sahelian belt, planners would do well to study indigenous adaptations to the unpredictable Sahelian ecosystem. The key to solving the problem of locust swarms may lie in the work being done by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) which hopes to find a way to dampen the locusts' swarming cycle and intensify their solitary cycle so that locust populations can maintain a relatively sedentary, grasshopper-like lifestyle.
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Land Use Policy