Table of Contents

1. Overview

The National LandCare Programme is a government supported initiative, implemented throughout the country. It is a community-based programme that seeks to:

  • conserve our resources
  • use them in a sustainable way
  • create a conservation ethic through education and awareness
  • create jobs and address poverty by launching various natural resource rehabilitation, improvement and conservation projects

Serious concerns about land and water degradation, which impact on sustainable resource use, are identified in each province, and specific projects address these issues. Projects are implemented in all nine provinces through the Landcare Conditional Grant whereby ringed-fenced funding is transferred to provinces in terms of the yearly Division of Revenue Act. Provinces then undertake the implementation of the projects under set conditions.

Water care, Veld care, Soil care and Junior LandCare initiatives are all part of this programme.

In the Agricultural Policy Action Plan (APAP), scaling up the LandCare programme is seen as a “policy lever” in the country’s promotion of Climate-Smart Agriculture.


2. LandCare

Why is LandCare important?

  • You and everyone else, rely on the land for food, shelter and an income.
  • Land is valuable and should be looked after – otherwise we will not be able to use it in the future.
  • If we degrade and misuse the land, our quality of life will deteriorate.
  • If we do not look after the land, we will pay a high price for the damage it suffers.

LandCare is about:

  • redressing past resource degradation
  • correct resource management
  • communities working together
  • caring for the land in your area
  • your future quality of life
  • improving the environment
  • securing food for tomorrow

What can you do?

  • form or join a land care group in your community and get involved
  • plan and manage land to prevent degradation
  • restore damaged areas
  • promote conservation practices
  • form a land care conservancy (see "Conservancies and farming" chapter)
  • recycle and re-use paper, glass, plastic and metal


3. WaterCare

The WaterCare theme establishes a framework for managing land and preventing the silt-up of dams for irrigation. WaterCare works in partnership with the community to develop action plans for managing and restoring irrigation schemes. The rehabilitation of irrigation schemes increases water supply and household food security. Furthermore, WaterCare promotes the development of techniques for water-resource management and encourages opportunities for training in this field.