Future Farmers of Africa
Farmer Training and Community Outreach
As 90 percent of Namibia’s wild cheetahs live on farmlands and come into conflict with farmers, livestock and game farming interests, CCF conducts a specific environmental education program for the farming community through a program called Future Farmers of Africa.
CCF makes presentations at individual farms, farmers’ association meetings and agricultural shows, highlighting proven cheetah behavioral characteristics and predator-friendly livestock management techniques.
Select farmer training courses offered by CCF:
- Cattle husbandry
- Herd and veld management
- Disease and vaccination programs
- Business principles and inventorying conservancy resources
- Other topics include basic conservation training on sustainable wildlife utilization and the role and value of predators, predator kill identification and other ‘predator-friendly’ farming practices.
Since this program launched in 1990, CCF has trained more than 3,500 rural Namibian men and women. The focus continues to be consultative meetings and workshops with farmers around the Waterberg Landscape region to identify and address human-wildlife conflicts.