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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 11 Browse ranking in Zimbabwe

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 11 Browse ranking in Zimbabwe Ian Scoones Introduction the period (with the exception of two people who remained throughout). This did not appear to matter as there was remarkable This short paper reports on the use of browse consistency in response and rarely a sustained ranking in southern Zimbabwe. Two types of ranking were conducted. First, a simple dispute over the ratings. All informants were scoring of a full list of all available trees in the however adult men; the question of whether area was carried out. Next, a more focused women or children would have rated the matrix ranking explored a few key species species differently was not pursued on this against a range of criteria. In combination occasion. these ranking exercises provided important The 32 browse species rated by the farmers as information for a local woodland management highly favoured by cattle were compared with project. Walker's (1980) recommendations based on Browse scoring such factors as crude protein content, digestibility etc. The availability of each species was also considered in the comparison. A recently compiled dictionary of local tree This information had been gathered in a names (Wilson, 1987) was the main ...

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