Community visions of ecoagriculture in a South African transfrontier conservation area

This project facilitated meetings between smallholder communal farmers to chart local environmental and livelihood concerns, and to envision futures that address both.

This scenario planning project recognised communal farmers as key stakeholders and biodiversity stewards in transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs). The study gathered farmers in the Mathenjwa Tribal Authority in the Kwazulu-Natal province of South Africa for a community visioning exercise. The goal was to establish the place of TFCA goals in the farmers’ visions of (or aspirations for) the future, and the role of farmers in the achievement of TFCA goals. The community vision was analysed in the light of ecoagriculture goals and the TFCA objectives, to confirm the relevance of ecoagriculture as a strategy to achieve both the community’s aspirations and the TFCA goals.

The visioning exercise raised awareness and motivation regarding the sustainable balance of agricultural production and nature conversation, for both participants and other community members.

The scenarios were made in:

2012

The scenarios look out to:

2032

Project facts

South Africa

KwaZulu-Natal

2012

Submitted by:

Munyaradzi Chitakira

Project leader

21 november 2022

How to cite this page:

Munyaradzi Chitakira

Community visions of ecoagriculture in a South African transfrontier conservation area

Resources

Chitakira, M., Torquebiau, E., Ferguson, W. (2012) Community visioning in a transfrontier conservation area in Southern Africa paves the way towards landscapes combining agricultural production and biodiversity conservation, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 55:9, 1228-1247

Buck, L. E., & Scherr, S. J. (2011). Moving Ecoagriculture into the Mainstream. In State of the World 2011. Routledge.

Chitakira, M., Torquebiau, E. and Ferguson, W., 2012. Unique combinations of stakeholders in a transfrontier conservation area promote biodiversity-agriculture integration. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 36(3), pp.275-295.

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