Project 1: The Njeremoto Research, Demonstration and Training Center of Excellence
In the Shona language, Njere means wisdom and Moto means fire. As such, Njeremoto literally translates to wisdom is like fire, if you do not have it you can borrow from others. Once you light it you must keep it burning and pass it on to others. Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute is reigniting the Fire of Indigenous Shona Traditional Wisdom and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and sharing it with other Indigenous communities. The Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute located at 12 Northdale Farm in Chatsworth Intensive Conservation Area, Gutu District of Masvingo Province in Southern Zimbabwe typifies the problems of land degradation facing many rural communities in Arid & Semi-Arid Sub-Saharan Africa. The Institute with its 223.4 Hectares demonstration site is near the Great Zimbabwe National Monument, founded on the premise that taking a holistic approach to management of our community and natural resource base upon which we exist can lead towards a sustainable civilization.
This project is exploring and evolving new technology for arid & semi-arid rangeland management as well as empowering and capacitating humans with skills and tools to sustainably manage the ecosystem while ensuring sustainable livelihoods for the present and future generations. The project also helps to further the development of Njeremoto institute’s capabilities and infrastructure. Opportunity exists on vast areas of degraded land to utilize animals (domestic and wildlife) to heal the land, improve water cycles and build biodiversity, while enhancing food security, reducing poverty, and establishing ecological stability at a landscape scale hence positively changing peoples’ lives. This is the only known option for intensification of Arid & Semi-Arid Rangelands Productivity.
Currently, this project is focused on the following research areas:
Time controlled grazing, overgrazing, rest and animal impact in brittle environments
Tropical savannahs function, when compared with research efforts directed in fields such as tropical rain-forest or studies on desert environments wet humid western systems
Sustainable rangelands and wetland utilization and management
Ecological and cultural tourism
Intensification of arid & semi arid rangelands productivity and stability