Project 2: Mufiri Ward 5 Shurugwi​ 

Overview 

Tudor Project Reference Number

38364

Project Name

NJEREMOTO BIODIVERSITY INSTITUTE COMMUNITY
OUTREACH PROGRAMME: for Holistic Land and Livestock Management (HLLM): Ward 5 Mufiri, Shurugwi District: Midlands Province

Location of Project

Ward 5: Mufiri, Tongogara Rural District Council (RDC) : Shurugwi Rural District: Midlands Province: Zimbabwe

Project Director

Osmond Mugweni

Grant Recipient

NJEREMOTO BIODIVERSITY INSTITUTE (NBI-Zimbabwe)

Grant Recipient Address

17 Wistaria Avenue, Rhodene, P.O. Box 135
Masvingo, Zimbabwe 

Background

Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute has been supported by Tudor Trust Grant since 1st May 2013 to date. It is implementing a Holistic Land and Livestock Management Outreach Programme in Ward 5 Mufiri, Shurugwi District of the Midlands Province. The project is running till June 2021.


So far, the project has been implemented in IV Phases as follows:

  • Phase I 1st May 2013 to 31st December 2014 (20 months)

  • Phase II 1st January 2015 to 30th June 2016 (18 months)

  • Phase III 1st July 2016 to 30th June 2018 (24 months)

  • Phase IV 1st July 2018 to 30th June 2021 (36 months)

From the time NBI first received Tudor Grants, significant changes have happened across our organization. The Board composition was revised, we capacitated Board members through training workshops and exposure visits. In Phase I and II the Deed of Trust was revised and registered. A five-year strategic plan was developed. The strategic plan is now guiding the implementation of the Holistic Land and Livestock Management (HLLM) Programme and directing the way forward.


NBI’s strategic objectives for the five (5) year period 2016 to 2020 are to:

  1. Have three (3) wards (including Mufiri ward 5) developed and well documented as working examples of HLLM in the Runde and Tokwe-Mukosi Catchments of Zimbabwe.

  2. Develop working examples of HLLM in communities living in arid and semi-arid areas of Zimbabwe through working in collaboration with partners.

  3. Increase awareness of the potential of HLLM in arid and semi-arid environments in Zimbabwe and globally.

  4. Develop Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute (NBI) as a well governed and learning organisation able to mobilize resources for its programs in a sustained manner.

  5. Secure sustained funding for the programmes from local, international and bilateral Funding Partners

Also, NBI managed to engage an HLLM Programme Facilitator to augment efforts of the Programme Director. The organization manged to hold training workshops for Mufiri Ward 5 HLLM Project Leaders and cattle Herders. We undertook look and learn visits locally and to Namibia. The Project Director was also afforded opportunity to share experiences and lessons learnt at the Tudor Conference held at SACDEP-Kenya for the period April 13th – 17th, 2014. The theme of the conference was “The role of small holder farmers and NGOs in strengthening the practice and spread of Agro-ecology”. Thanks to Tudor Trust for affording the opportunity. The experience obtained would go a long way in strengthening the capacity and function of NBI.

In terms, of the work we do, there is marked improvement of work coverage on training and linking with other national programmes since there are now two people sharing the work load. We managed to secure a camera and laptop for documentation and reporting. Motivation of communities has increased. A solar water point with cattle watering troughs and a vegetable garden have since been established. The financial position of the organisation was enhanced and this enabled the project to move on smoothly.

In Phase III intensification of community empowerment on the use of grazing plans by herding clusters in the ward was enforced. The waterpoint coupled with improved grass saved the community cattle from dying in the severe drought that was experienced during the period. Other areas without the programme lost cattle from the drought. Also, the cattle produced more milk and manure. The manure was then used to fertilize the vegetable garden at the water point. Thanks to Tudor Grants the Mufiri community cattle were saved from the devastating drought. With this success story, funds permitting there is still need to develop two more water points in the ward.

Lastly, in terms of the work we do, NBI has received both local and international recognition and awards.

  • Locally, Osmond Mugweni Director NBI received an award entitled Communicator of the year 2013 from the Banga Chieftainship in Shurugwi District Midlands Province Zimbabwe. The citation is, “For his efforts to communicate directly from Ward Level to Village Level on the Holistic Land and Livestock Management Program in Ward 5 Shurugwi District Midlands Province Zimbabwe. He is a real Community Empower and Capacity Builder”.

  • Internationally, in 2014 NBI received Teach A Man to Fish Pan-African Award. NBI was the Country Winner for ZIMBABWE. The citation of the award is, “Njeremoto Biodiversity Institute (NBI) integrates land and livestock management in its teaching. The organization strives for water and land restoration, productive crop fields, and raising healthy animals. NBI promotes community mobilization as something that is done by the community rather than for the community”.

Because of such recognition NBI:

  • is an active Partner of the UNEP/FAO 10YFP SFS Programme by invitation from December 2015.

  • attended the First Global Conference held in Pretoria in June 2016 and was invited to make a presentation of its HLLM Programme.

Changes across our organisation since we first received Tudor Grants – in terms of the work we do, the strength of the organisation and our financial position?

Project Progress

In terms of what NBI intended to do from the onset, we have achieved much in line with implementation of the HLLM project- to a greater extent. We received funds for one water point and this was achieved. However, we still need to established two more water points in order to get an even distribution in the ward.

Also, NBI is yet to fully extended the project to two adjacent wards –Madamombe Ward 1 and Uranda Ward 2 Chivi – which border Mufiri Ward 5. As work in progress, the Masvingo Provincial Level has been engaged. More resources are required to fully participate with the Chivi district development committee (DDC).

 

NBI transfers knowledge and management skills to communities. The HLLM Outreach programme has clearly demonstrated this. The NBI-Zimbabwe planned and achieved the following Project Outputs on Land

Management, Livestock Management and Community empowerment during the Grant Phases:

  • Restoration of healthy grasslands was achieved to a greater extend.

  • Rehabilitation degraded rangelands was demonstrated and achieved

  • Restoration of natural water sources was being continually achieved.

  • Recharging of underground water.

  • Marked improvement in reversing desertification 

Project Progress in Photos

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