Once considered to be voiceless and almost powerless, Southern African hunting communities are increasingly becoming powerful and are now demanding win-win benefits from international hunting by removing the middlemen, says journalist Emmanuel Koro
in an article published December 9, 2021 in Zimbabwe’s Chronicle
The middlemen Koro cites are the local and foreign safari hunting companies that market Southern Africa as a destination for trophy hunting. These operations buy wildlife quotas from local communties and sell them onto international hunters. They also handle other aspects of the hunting trips made by these hunters.
SADC hunting communities who own the wildlife think they should be getting more than they currently receive, Koro reports.
“We think this is the right time to remove the middleman and let communities market their own natural resources,’ said a member of the Southern Africa Community Leaders Network
and CEO Ngamiland NGOs, Mr Siyoka Simasiku. “Communities should not be stakeholders but shareholders.”