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Bloemertz, L., Naanda, M., Wingate, V., Angombe, S. and Kuhn, N. 2018. Ecosystem Services and small-holder farming practices - between payments, development support and right- an integrated approach. Land, livelihoods and housing Programme 2015-18, Working Paper No. 10


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Ecosystem Services and small-holder farming practices - between payments, development support and right- an integrated approach.

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Small-scale farmers in north-central Namibia face numerous challenges, ranging from low crop yields, high rainfall variability and land degradation which is threatening the long-term productivity of the land, to social changes that are reducing the work force available for farming. This paper aims to assess existing land use practices (LUPs) and to determine their relationship to ecosystem services (ES). As agriculture (crop and livestock farming) is the dominant land use in northern Namibia, it is the main driver influencing environmental services and will be in the focus here. We suggest ways of combining an improvement of provisioning services (especially food production and thus livelihoods of small-scale farmers) together with regulating services (e.g. climate regulation through carbon storage and soil fertility conservation) to create multiple benefits at the landscape level. In addition to identifying suitable LUPs, we argue that any activity trying to improve ES should count on the already existing initiatives and interventions and look for synergies and complementarities. Considering biodiversity, food security and carbon sequestration together, provides the opportunities of combining local and international goals at the same time and gives people the right to development support instead of making them receivers of aid.

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