What is it about?

SADC region is not a major emitter of GHG. However, Sub-Saharan Africa is future hotspot for GHG emissions because of its large livestock population dispersed across large arid lands, coupled low digestible feeds and low productivity of livestock.

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Why is it important?

It is important since methane, a GHG, contribute to global warming which influence global warming. It is important that we find mitigating strategies especially in Agriculture since agriculture is the most affected by climate change. But agriculture also contribute to environmental pollution and green house gases


I have seen rain partners in my country, Botswana, changing. When I grow up 30th September was the beginning of rainy season. Growing up in a village steeped in culture and tradition (Sefhare village), the chief will declare the start of the ploughing season communities will go to their farms to plough. The start of the rain season was to be associated with celebration of Botswana Independence day which fall on 30th September. Now rain start very late, as late as end of October of November. I have seen worse drought, cattle dying and crops failing in fields. And i know its due to climate change. Climate change is with us and we have to do something. Application of Science and indigenous knowledge are the way to save the world.

Othusitse Madibela
Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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This page is a summary of: Ruminant contribution to enteric methane emissions and possible mitigation strategies in the Southern Africa Development Community region, Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, August 2022, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s11027-022-10026-5.
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