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The December 2017 Wild Guide column by Lorraine Doyle (Grass, beer & the Kalahari Christmas Tree) caught my attention, since it was interesting to read about our various grass and tree species in southern Africa.
In August 2015, my wife and I travelled to Epupa Falls and found Shamvura Camp on the Cubango River in north-eastern Namibia. Shamvura owners, Charlie and Mark Paxton, have established a system (through their Shamvura Trust) for the villagers to harvest indigenous grass, market it, earn an income, and at the same time conserve this staple food-source for their livestock. A tractor visits the villages: only grass which is minus the roots and seeds can be used. The cut grass is marketed for thatching as far as Windhoek and Botswana, and the roots and seeds are left in situ for regeneration during the rainy season.