NBI Hollistic Land and Livestock Management

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Future projects

The Institute’s work is committed to rehabilitation, regeneration and restoration of degraded arid and semi-arid rangelands ecosystems by self-reliant, self-regulating, motivated and wealthy communities with sustainable livelihoods.

In the next phase we will expand our work with communities to 5 more wards in the Runde-Tokwe-Mukosi catchment. This puts emphasis on the approach of Holistic Land and Livestock Management(HLLM) to restore watersheds in the longer term. We have learnt a great deal from our first phase about working with communities to introduce HLLM. For example, in working with new Wards we shall put more emphasis on working more closely with the traditional leadership from the beginning. In Ward 5 Mufiri, it has taken us two years of building community understanding and cohesion to reach the stage of beginning grazing planning. In the next phase, with the learning, this should be reduced to one year. 

Our work with communities will certainly benefit the communities hugely, but they will also be our ongoing learning sites. This learning will feed into our more strategic work of linking with other partners and supporting other institutions, such as NGOs, to use HLLM in the communities they are working with. Rather than continually expanding the number of communities we work with, we would rather work through other partners. This will keep us lean as an organization. We recognize that we must put substantial groundwork into building our relationships with working partners. As such, we will put more emphasis in this next stage on reaching out to the wider world in a variety of ways. This will include attending carefully chosen conferences/workshops, producing various publicity materials and making use of social media on the Internet. 

We are now a functioning public benefit organization. In the last phase we have made necessary changes to our constitution. We will continue to put in place the necessary policies and practices to enable us to function effectively as an organization. We hope to expand our staff compliment to ten (10) as well as have five (5) Community Facilitators (one in each ward), in the next phase in order to fulfill our plans. At the moment everything is too dependent on one person, the Project Coordinator, whose time is not being used as efficiently and effectively as it could be in relation to his skills and experience. 

The next Five Year (2016 to 2020) Strategic Objectives are:


  • To have 5 wards developing and being well documented as working examples of HLLM in the Runde-Tokwe-Mukosi catchment

  • To develop examples of HLLM in communities in arid/semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe and other countries (Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, etc), by working in collaboration with partnersT

  • To increase the awareness of the potential of HLLM in arid and semi-arid environments globally

  • To develop NBI as a well governed and learning institution able to mobilize resources for its programmes and operations


Finally, we desire to set up a rural university on sustainable semi-arid and arid rangelands management and implement the NJEREMOTO BIODIVERSITY INSTITUTE COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMME: for Holistic Land and Livestock Management (HLLM). This HLLM uses a participatory framework. The degree of the level of participation used during the monitoring and evaluation uses the foll Conceptual Framework which is shown below.





















The Outreach Experiential Learning Cycle used for the HLLM Programme

An ‘Experiential Learning Approach’ through the ‘Community Action Cycle’ is adopted to implement the Community Outreach Programme. The Experiential Learning Approach is a process which facilitators use with individuals and outreach community groups involved in learning and/or promoting collective action through community mobilization.  The learning approach guides the learner through four phases of the experiential learning process namely Experience, Process, Generalize and Apply. Experiential learning involves learning from experience.  The experiential approach starts from where the participants are and allows them to manage and share responsibility for their own learning with facilitators.  The approach provides opportunities for the participants (or the outreach community) to engage in an activity, think about it and discuss what they experienced, gain some useful insight or knowledge from their reflection and apply what they learn in a practical situation in life – in their community programme. See diagram of Experiential Learning Cycle below














The Outreach Community Action Cycle used for the HLLM Programme

The Community Action Cycle, adopted in this outreach programme, is a model with seven (7) steps in implementing the programme. The steps involved in the cycle are: initial preparation, organizing the community for action, exploring the issues and setting priorities, planning, acting, evaluation together and scaling up. In applying the Community Action Cycle the external players (the outreach team) should keep in mind a simple rule of thumb: Community mobilisation is not just something done to the community but something done by the community. The diagram of the Community Action Cycle is below:





Videos and Links to Other Online Materials
Arid and Semi Arid Land Restoration

Ward 5 VIDCO 1 PaRoma Cluster 

February 2017

HLLM Outreach Monitoring Grazing, Herding/Majana. Observed improvement of land restoration after 1 season.

Ward 5 VIDCO 1 Muchakata Cluster 

February 2017

The woman demonstrating effectiveness of using natural landmarks for replacing fencing

HLLM Outreach Monitoring Grazing, Herding/Majana. Observed improvement of land restoration after 1 season.

Ward 5 VIDCO 3 Jiri Cluster 

March 2017

Tree seedlings also germinating over and above the grass cover

HLLM Outreach Monitoring Grazing, Herding/Majana. Observed improvement of land restoration after 1 season.

Restoration of Rangelands Using Available Community Livestock

Ward 5 VIDCO 1 PaRoma Cluster Herders 

February 2017

Animals grazing in lush tall grass. Improved nutrition. Communities herding using natural landmarks in groups of seven herders. A total herd of at least 160 from 5 villages combined into one herd which is herded for 7 days by 7 members out of a 56 cattle owners and non-cattle owners hence they have 8 by 7 groups. Since the herding duties are for seven days, each group has 7 weeks of rest.


HLLM Outreach Monitoring Grazing, Herding/Majana. Observed improvement of land restoration after 1 season.

Ward 5 VIDCO 3 Jiri Cluster 

April 2017

Livestock at a bare ground site being treated for restoration by animal impact.

Herd Management and Training as well as  Herd Productivity can be observed. 

Good Bulls and calfs

HLLM Outreach Monitoring Grazing, Herding/Majana. Observed improvement of land restoration after 1 season.

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